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Michael Brantley | Outfielder

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Michael Brantley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Indians' win over the White Sox Tuesday.
Brantley delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning to stretch the Tribe's lead. He's now 6-for-20 (.300) with three RBI in five games since returning from a back injury. If he can stay on the field, Brantley should only continue to get better after enjoying a breakout 2014 season. Apr 21 - 11:36 PM

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Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.

Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet.
Apr 18 - 12:56 AM

Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field.
Apr 17 - 4:39 PM

The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction."
Apr 14 - 8:11 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday.
Apr 14 - 4:42 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night.
Apr 14 - 2:33 PM

Michael Brantley (back) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game against the Tigers. He did not play on Saturday or Sunday. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't going to push the outfielder back into the lineup until he is at 100%. With a lefty (John Danks) on the mound on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday, a return against the Twins this weekend seems most likely.
Apr 13 - 1:10 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game and has now sat out two straight days. The Indians are off Monday, so he'll get three days of rest and hope to be back out there Tuesday. Brantley reported improvement with his back Sunday.
Apr 12 - 10:09 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Michael Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late during Friday's game against the Tigers.

Francona admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Brantley on Friday. The outfielder is resting on Saturday and could get the day off on Sunday as well. A trip to the disabled list remains a possibility.
Apr 11 - 2:19 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Tigers.

Brantley returned to the lineup on Friday after missing the previous two games due to back stiffness. Manager Terry Francona is opting to play things cautiously with him, and getting an extra day of rest against opposing southpaw David Price isn't a terrible idea. Expect him to return on Sunday.
Apr 11 - 12:59 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

He's back in left field and in his familiar No. 3 spot in the batting order against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Brantley missed the last two games with lower back stiffness, an ailment that bothered him for much of spring training, as well. He's obviously feeling well enough to give it a go Friday, though.
Apr 10 - 12:19 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Thursday afternoon.

Brantley was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game due to lower back stiffness, so the Tribe weren't going to push him into Thursday's matinee. He should be back in action for Friday's series-opener against the Tigers. David Murphy is starting in left field for the Indians in Thursday's series finale in Houston.
Apr 9 - 11:21 AM

Michael Brantley was a late scratch Wednesday due to lower back stiffness.

Brantley is day-to-day, but it's worrisome because he was also plagued by back issues during spring. It will certainly be an issue worth following. Mike Aviles started in left field in Brantley's place Wednesday.
Apr 8 - 6:44 PM

Michael Brantley hit his first home run of the spring in a 2-for-4 effort against the Reds on Thursday.

Brantley's seventh-inning two-run home run off of Pedro Villarreal extended the Indians' lead to 4-1 at the time. The multi-talented outfielder may have only one Cactus League homer, but he's batting .366 (15-for-41). He hit .327 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, and 23 stolen bases last season en route to finishing third in AL MVP voting and should once again provide tons of fantasy value in 2015.
Apr 2 - 5:26 PM

Michael Brantley (back) went 1-for-3 in his return to the Indians lineup on Sunday.

The 27-year-old outfielder had been sidelined for the previous week with back tightness. The team believes that it won't be a recurring issue though and Brantley should be fully healthy and ready to go for Opening Day. While he is unlikely to repeat the gaudy numbers he posted in his breakout 2014 campaign, Brantley still represents one of the best five-category contributors in the league.
Mar 29 - 8:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Brett Hayes
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1Nick Swisher
2Jerry Sands
DH1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4T.J. House
5Danny Salazar
6Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Nick Hagadone
6Anthony Swarzak
7Zach McAllister
8Josh Tomlin