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Matt LaPorta lands on disabled list with sprained right ankle

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 17: Matt LaPorta #7 of the Cleveland Indians is helped off the field by a trainer and third base coach Steve Smith #10 of the Cleveland Indians after an injury during the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Progressive Field on June 17, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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One day after getting Travis Hafner back from the disabled list, the Indians will now have to get by without another one of their regulars.

The Indians announced this afternoon that Matt LaPorta was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

LaPorta injured the ankle in a rundown between second and third base in the third inning of last night’s game against the Pirates. Indians manager Manny Acta told Jordan Bastian of this afternoon that LaPorta suffered a “mild high ankle sprain” and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Travis Buck, who was sent down to Triple-A Columbus when Hafner was activated yesterday, will replace LaPorta on the active roster. He is expected to share playing time at first base with Carlos Santana and possibly Jack Hannahan moving forward. Nick Johnson is currently playing with Triple-A Columbus, but Acta said Saturday that he needs more at-bats. Santana will get the start at first base tonight.

LaPorta, 26, is batting .242/.309/.424 with eight home runs and 31 RBI over his first 220 plate appearances this season.