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Tribe News and Notes: July 4, 2012

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Jun 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA;  Fireworks light up Coors Field after Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres by a score of 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE
Jun 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Fireworks light up Coors Field after Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres by a score of 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE

Hafner likely to return from DL on Wednesday | indians.com: News

Everything looks set for Hafner to be activated today, so the interesting question is who will go down? I suppose the easy way out would be for Jason Donald to optioned, though that would leave the Indians with one backup infielder (Jose Lopez) and no true backup shortstop. If Aaron Cunningham would be the one to go, then the Indians would be without a true backup center fielder.

Baseball America | Blog | Baseball America Prospects Blog | Indians Stray From Consensus, Sign Hector Caro For $1.1 Million

Caro is a 16-year-old corner outfielder. The title refers to the concensus of the scouting "industry", who didn't think Caro was one of the top international prospects. Caro is likely to be a left fielder due to his range and arm strength projections, but has power potential.

Tribe signs international free-agents: Indians Chatter | cleveland.com

The Indians also signed international free agents C Francisco Mejia (Dominican Republic), C Yoiber Marquina (Venezuela), and RHP Naoki Hashimoto (Japan). In addition, Baseball America is reporting the Indians signed SS Grofy Cruz (Dominican Republic). Cruz is likely to move to third base, while Hashimoto was also considering signing with an NPB (Japanese club, and due to his age (22) doesn't count against the international signing cap.