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Michael Brantley | Outfielder | #23

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Brantley collected another pair of hits on Friday as the Indians fell to the Orioles in the opener of their three-game set in Baltimore.
Brantley finished the night 2-for-4 with a double. He has done nothing but hit since returning to the Indians' lineup and is now hitting .351/.385/.514 with a homer, six RBI and a swipe through his first 39 plate appearances. Apr 20 - 10:39 PM

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Michael Brantley went 2-for-7 with a pair of singles in Wednesday's 16-inning loss to the Twins.

The Indians netted 12 hits in the ballgame but scattered them so widely that they could only score one run in 16 innings. Brantley has hit well since getting a late start to the season due to injury. He has a .333/.371/.485 slash line with one homer and six RBI in eight games.
Apr 19 - 12:49 AM

Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer Tuesday against the Twins.

Brantley shouldn't be counted on to get back to 20 homers or 40 doubles, but as a featured hitter in the Cleveland lineup, he's worth playing in mixed leagues as long as he's starting regularly. He's 9-for-26 since coming off the disabled list.
Apr 17 - 10:44 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

He singled, stole second base and scored in the fourth inning, then drove in a run with a single in the seventh frame. Brantley got a late start to the season due to an ankle injury and hasn't really done much with his bat yet. He has a .235/.316/.235 slash line with no homers and three RBI in 19 plate appearances.
Apr 11 - 9:15 PM

Michael Brantley is not in Monday's lineup against the Tigers.

He'll get a breather after playing in three straight games since his return from the DL. Rajai Davis will start in left field.
Apr 9 - 2:58 PM

Fresh off the disabled list, Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI on Friday, leading the Indians in a 3-2 victory over the Royals.

Brantley came through with a two-run single off of Danny Duffy in his first at-bat of the season, and that proved to be the biggest hit in the entire ballgame. Given his track record, he's unlikely to remain healthy for the rest of the season, but fantasy owners can ride him for now as long as he's in the lineup.
Apr 6 - 7:18 PM

Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 10-day disabled list.

Brantley had surgery last October to stabilize ligaments in his right ankle and was limited to just three games during spring training, but he continued to play in extended spring games with no issues and is ready to go just in time for the Indians' home opener. He's obviously a poor bet to stay healthy at this point, but Brantley needs to be played by fantasy owners while he's on the field. The 30-year-old is in left field and batting fifth Friday versus Danny Duffy and the Royals.
Apr 6 - 11:34 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Michael Brantley (ankle) will likely be activated Friday.

That's the day of the Indians' home opener. Brantley needed major surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle and was placed on the disabled list at the end of spring training to give him a little more time to get in game-shape. He slashed .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs, 52 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 90 games last season when healthy.
Apr 4 - 2:16 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) is scheduled to play in an extended spring training game Tuesday.

If everything goes well for Brantley this week, he could join the Indians' active roster ahead of the team's home opener Friday against the Royals. The 30-year-old outfielder was productive last season when healthy, slashing .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs, 52 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 90 games. He remains a decent mixed league fantasy stash.
Apr 2 - 7:56 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) played in a minor league game on Wednesday.

He was only scheduled to play seven innings but felt good enough to go the full nine. Brantley looks almost all the way back from ankle surgery and could be activated from the DL when first eligible. The 30-year-old doesn't homer or steal enough to be a major fantasy asset but his .292 career average makes him a good stash in deeper formats.
Mar 29 - 8:02 PM

Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle injury.

Brantley made his Cactus League debut last week, but the Indians don't want to push him too soon after his ankle surgery. He should be back with the Indians by mid-April, barring any setbacks.
Mar 29 - 12:25 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) will begin the year on the 10-day disabled list.

Brantley was able to return to Cactus League games, but manager Terry Francona told reporters that they don't feel he's ready for the work load. Tyler Naquin will instead make the initial 25-man roster. Expect to see Brantley in the everyday lineup for the Indians by the middle of April, assuming there are no setbacks in his rehabilitation.
Mar 25 - 1:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) hit a homer in his first Cactus League came of the season on Wednesday in a loss to the Royals.

The plan was for Brantley to take two at-bats, but he was able to get a third in, which is a positive sign. The 30-year-old outfielder is still questionable -- at best -- for Opening Day, but Wednesday was a friendly reminder that he's a very good hitter when healthy. He might be worth a stash on your roster even if he does miss time to begin the year.
Mar 22 - 12:38 AM

Michael Brantley (ankle) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday night.

The plan calls for him to take two at-bats and play three or four innings of left field. Brantley needed major surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle, but he has made steady progress throughout the spring and the Indians have not ruled him out for Opening Day. The 30-year-old outfielder has been productive when healthy over the last four or five seasons. He hit .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs, 52 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 90 games in 2017.
Mar 21 - 8:03 AM

Michael Brantley (ankle) went through outfield drills Thursday in Indians camp.

Brantley also took two at-bats in a minor league game on Wednesday, out of the DH spot, and reported feeling strong. "He's doing terrific," manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday afternoon in Goodyear, Arizona. "We're just looking to see how he responds to what he's done." The 30-year-old outfielder needed surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle. He has not been ruled out for Opening Day.
Mar 15 - 3:24 PM

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