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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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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. Jul 26 - 4:20 PM

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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.
Jul 22 - 5:08 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley is feeling discomfort again in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley feels it at the end of his swing, which is obviously a serious problem. The outfielder will undergo an enhanced image exam on Wednesday as the Indians try to gather more information about this latest setback. Brantley has been limited to 11 major league games this season and probably won't be returning anytime soon. He had recently shifted his minor league rehab assignment from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus, putting him one step away from Cleveland.
Jul 19 - 6:19 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Michael Brantley (shoulder) has an off-day of his minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

Brantley is 3-for-12 (.250) with one double and one walk through four games during his rehab stint, though he has yet to play back-to-back games. He's scheduled to meet with trainers to discuss the next step. More should be known on Tuesday.
Jul 18 - 6:18 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will shift his rehab assignment to Double-A Akron on Friday.

It's Brantley's third stop on his rehab tour. Brantley went 3-for-5 at his previous two stops and looks well on his way to joining the Indians sometime next week. First, Brantley will have to play back-to-back games, which he hasn't done yet. He's missed the last two months with shoulder and biceps issues.
Jul 14 - 7:59 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a double during Wednesday's rehab game with Low-A Mohoning Valley.

Brantley is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery. He appeared in 11 games earlier this season before the balky wing sent him back to the disabled list. The 29-year-old outfielder will likely be ready to return to action in late July or early August.
Jul 13 - 8:50 PM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-2 in Monday's rehab game with Low-A Mahoning Valley.

Brantley said his shoulder felt good the day after the game. Positive signs for a player who has played in just 11 games this season. He underwent offseason surgery on his right shoulder, but the wing has remained problematic. If he continues to feel good at Low-A, the Tribe will likely bump him to Double-A before potentially reinstating him. A late July return to the bigs could be in the cards here.
Jul 13 - 6:15 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Mahoning Valley on Monday.

He'll play five innings for Mahoning Valley and then move his rehab to Low-A Lake County on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could be playing for Double-A Akron by next weekend. It's unclear if he'll be activated after a short stint in Akron, but either way Brantley appears to be close. He's been limited to 11 games this season due to nagging issues with his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
Jul 10 - 11:03 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) took batting practice again on Friday.

It's the second day in a row and third time in the last four days that he's done so. Assuming he can avoid a setback, Brantley should be ready to begin a rehab assignment soon. He's been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
Jul 8 - 3:14 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Michael Brantley (shoulder) will go through a normal pregame workout on Tuesday.

This includes batting practice. He's making progress, but the Indians will obviously want to send him on a minor league rehab assignment before bringing him back. The hope is that he'll be able to make an impact in the second half.
Jul 4 - 5:04 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is on track to take batting practice this week.

Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He's also battled some biceps tendinitis. There remains no timetable for his return, but the outfielder is making progress.
Jul 3 - 11:19 AM

Indians transferred OF Michael Brantley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was needed in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Abraham Almonte from suspension. Brantley has already missed nearly 60 days of action, so this doesn't affect his timetable. The Indians say he's making progress but it remains unclear when he might return.
Jul 3 - 10:41 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder, biceps) has resumed soft tossing.

Manager Terry Francona says he's progressing well and answered "heck yeah" when asked if he expects Brantley to have a major impact in the second half. Shoulder and biceps injuries have limited Brantley to only 11 games this season.
Jun 30 - 5:56 PM

Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis.

He was given a cortisone injection and will hopefully be able to resume baseball activities within the next few days. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He remains out indefinitely.
Jun 21 - 4:52 PM

Michael Brantley has traveled to Dallas for a second opinion on his right shoulder.

It's actually like the 10th opinion by now. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season because of discomfort and fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and he began experiencing new problems this week. There is obviously no timetable for his return.
Jun 21 - 4:23 PM

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2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
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LF1Michael Brantley
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