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• Acta noted on Monday that designated hitter Travis Hafner, on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery, could head out on a Minor League rehab assignment within the "next couple of days." Acta added that Hafner, who is in Cleveland, was scheduled to do some running drills on Monday and then some sliding tests on Tuesday.

• Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last September, was re-evaluated by Dr. David Altchek in New York on Monday. Carrasco said everything went well and he is slated to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

• Entering Monday, Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman had hit safely in seven of hit past eight games, with a .345 (10-for-29) average during that stretch. Kotchman also had two homers and six RBIs in that span, helping raise his batting average to a season-high .230 from .212.

• Acta noted on Monday that designated hitter Travis Hafner, on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery, could head out on a Minor League rehab assignment within the "next couple of days." Acta added that Hafner, who is in Cleveland, was scheduled to do some running drills on Monday and then some sliding tests on Tuesday.

• Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last September, was re-evaluated by Dr. David Altchek in New York on Monday. Carrasco said everything went well and he is slated to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

• Entering Monday, Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman had hit safely in seven of hit past eight games, with a .345 (10-for-29) average during that stretch. Kotchman also had two homers and six RBIs in that span, helping raise his batting average to a season-high .230 from .212.

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