Travis Hafner homered for the first time since offseason shoulder surgery in a 5-2 Cleveland win over San Diego on Monday night.
The Sykeston native led off the second inning with a solo shot to right center off Padres starter Kevin Correia.
Hafner went 1-for-4 and is hitting .227 with five RBI this spring for the Indians.
From the AP story:
“I’ve really started felt better, timing wise, the past couple days,’ said the 31-year-old designated hitter. “The big thing is the confidence everybody in the organization has in me. I’ve got a great support group. They leave it up to me to pretty much see the ball and hit it.’
Manager Eric Wedge confirmed that Hafner will hit in the No. 3 or No. 4 spot in Cleveland’s order to open the season.
“He’s been getting better and he’s healthy,’ Wedge said. “It is only a matter of time until he gets his timing fine-tuned. It may take a little longer, but we’re confident that he’s fine.’