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Michael Brantley | Outfielder | #23

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for the first spring game.
It's not shocking. Brantley hasn't encountered a setback, but the Indians don't want him to rush his way back from biceps surgery. He's continuing to ramp things up with his tee work, but it's much too soon to say whether he'll be ready for the start of the season. Feb 15 - 2:40 PM

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Indians president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) is at the "end stages" of the tee-work stage of his hitting progression.

Brantley began hitting off a tee in the middle of last month and has steadily increased the volume and intensity of his swings. He still has some hurdles to cross, but things are looking up for his chances of being ready for the start of 2017. The 29-year-old was limited to just 11 games last season and required a second major shoulder surgery.
Feb 7 - 4:01 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) said Thursday that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder.

Brantley has been hitting off of a tee daily and taking dry swings twice every day. He feels much better now than he did at this point last offseason and sounds optimistic about being ready for the start of the regular season. Brantley was limited to just 11 games in 2016 before the shoulder issues shut him down and required a second surgery.
Jan 28 - 8:19 AM

Indians president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

Brantley was doing non-contact swings earlier this month, so he's continuing to make some encouraging strides. The 29-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in November of 2015 and required two more surgeries last year while appearing in just 11 games. He remains a huge question mark moving forward, but it would be quite a boost to Cleveland's lineup if he can be anything close to his normal self again.
Jan 18 - 11:27 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) began some non-contact swinging last week.

As scheduled. Brantley has undergone three surgeries on his right shoulder over the last calendar year and appeared in only 11 games for the Indians in 2016, but the hope is he'll be somewhere close to 100 percent leading into the start of spring training in February. Brantley remains a risky draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017.
Jan 3 - 4:09 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is slated to resume swinging a bat in late December.

Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for the beginning of spring training. Still, he has to be considered a major question mark heading into 2017.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that restores his 40-man roster status. Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for spring training.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will resume baseball activities in December.

Brantley is coming off a lost season and had a second shoulder surgery in August. There were reports in September about him possibly getting a late start to next season, but for now the Indians expect him to be 100 percent heading into spring training. Of course, they expected to have him for most of 2016, too. He's a big health question mark.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 03:27:00 PM

The Indians have shot down a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" next season.

Heyman's report said that Brantley's rehab from a second right shoulder surgery could drag past Opening Day next year, but the Indians don't think that will be the case. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. "We were told after the second surgery that the timeline (for recovery) would be four to five months. As far as I know, nothing has changed." There's no reason to doubt the Indians' belief that Brantley will be ready to go for Opening Day, but the reality is there's a lot up in the air with him given how this year went.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 04:58:00 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" at the beginning of next season.

Per these sources, doctors had to "re-anchor the muscle to the bone" during Brantley's most recent right shoulder surgery in mid-August. That procedure will come with another lengthy rehabilitation -- possibly much longer than the initial projection of four months. Brantley and the Indians are both refuting Heyman's report, for what it's worth. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in only 11 games this season for Tribe after earning MVP votes in 2014 and 2015.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 12:16:00 PM

Michael Brantley underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Monday.

The surgery addressed chronic biceps tendinitis in his shoulder. The good news is that his previous labrum repair is intact and the remainder of his shoulder joint looked fine. He's expected to make a full recovery in four months, so the hope is that he'll be able to put a lost 2016 behind him and be ready for the start of 2017.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 02:48:00 PM

Michael Brantley will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday.

It just wasn't going to happen for Brantley this year. He returned to the lineup in late April following offseason shoulder surgery but only lasted 11 games before landing back on the disabled list. He's encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery, leading the Indians to finally pull the plug on his 2016 season. It would have been nice to have Brantley back for the stretch run but instead the Indians will have to make do with Rajai Davis in left field.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Michael Brantley has experienced yet another recurrence of right shoulder discomfort.

Brantley needed major surgery on his right shoulder last November and then underwent a cleanup procedure last month to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon. According to a press release from the Indians, doctors recently found "symptoms consistent with chronic biceps tendinitis." At this point, he seems doubtful to return this season.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) said he is "very confident" he can still impact the Indians this season.

Brantley has been hitting in the cage for the past couple of days and is apparently feeling good. He underwent surgery earlier this month to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon, near the right shoulder that required major surgery last November. The star outfielder has been limited to 11 major league games in 2016.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Michael Brantley has undergone surgery to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon.

Brantley hasn't been able to shake his nagging shoulder issues following last October's operation, but if he's only dealing with a scar tissue build-up that's probably a best-case scenario. He's expected to be ready to resume baseball activities sometime next week. It's unclear when he might make it back with the Indians.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 05:08:00 PM

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