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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) is scheduled to play in three straight Cactus League games beginning on Tuesday.
It looks to be the last test to see whether Brantley will be ready to play on Opening Day. Things have gone well to this point as Brantley ramps things up. He slugged his first Cactus League home run on Sunday and his surgically-repaired right shoulder has held up. However, the outfielder has run into problems previously with the shoulder when he played in multiple games in a row. We'll know in a few days whether Brantley will be on the Opening Day roster or will need a little more rehab time. Even if he cracks the roster, fantasy owners should count on him being rested a lot early on. Mar 27 - 9:35 PM

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Making his Cactus League debut, Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Monday against the Dodgers.

Brantley, who made the start in left field, reached on a fielding error in the first inning before delivering an RBI single in the second inning and another single in the fifth. It’s worth noting that the second single came off left-hander Adam Liberatore. It’s unclear if he’ll have enough time to get ramped up for Opening Day, but the Indians have to be thrilled coming out of Monday’s game.
Mar 20 - 7:22 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut on Monday.

And he'll play left field rather than just serve as a designated hitter. Brantley has been hitting and fielding in simulated games for a couple weeks now and is feeling well enough to test things out in an "official" capacity. The hope is that Brantley will play three games in four days. Things are looking up for him at the moment, but it must be noted that when Brantley ran into issues last season they came when he played multiple games in a row. He's still very much a question mark for Opening Day.
Mar 19 - 1:54 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will play his next minor league game on Saturday.

Brantley is scheduled to play five innings in the outfield in that contest. He continues to progress in his recovery and could be ready in time for Opening Day as long as he's able to avoid any setbacks.
Mar 17 - 7:34 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Brantley is steadily progressing in game action as he continues to gain strength in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and biceps. He will play in another minor league contest on Friday. While his availability for Opening Day remains an unknown, he has not suffered any setbacks in his health since the start of camp and he could see Cactus League at-bats relatively soon.
Mar 15 - 6:03 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to play in minor league games on Wednesday and Friday.

Brantley has been taking part in simulated games, so hitting in minor league games is the natural next step for him. Whether he'll be ready for Opening Day is still in question, but his surgically-repaired right shoulder and biceps have responded well thus far.
Mar 14 - 1:43 PM's Jordan Bastian writes that "there remains no firm date" for Michael Brantley (shoulder) playing in a Cactus League game, but "there is optimism about his return."

Brantley went through another simulated hitting session on Monday, taking seven swings within a series of three at-bats. The outfielder has steadily built up the volume in his workouts and has recovered well from each of them. That's all well and good, but we're really not going to know much about Brantley's status until he's played in multiple "real" games in a row. It's at that point that he's hit a wall in the past. His status for Opening Day remains in question.
Mar 13 - 7:17 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will play in another simulated game on Friday.

He'll also play the outfield this time in addition to hitting, which he didn't do in simulated games on Monday and Friday. Brantley's surgically-repaired right shoulder and biceps has held up to this point, but the real test will be when he plays in a handful of "official" games in a row.
Mar 9 - 2:25 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will play in a simulated game Wednesday afternoon.

Brantley will take his hacks against Zack McAllister and Carlos Frios. He took part in a simulated game on Monday and reported no discomfort. The veteran outfielder played in just 11 games last season due to shoulder injuries. His availability for Opening Day should clarify in the coming weeks.
Mar 8 - 5:41 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) hit in a simulated game on Monday with no issues.

Brantley took swings against teammates Josh Tomlin and Dan Otero and his surgically-repaired shoulder and biceps held up fine. Indians manager Terry Francona said of Brantley afterward that he's "starting to get excited for him, because he's getting closer." However, Tito also made sure to pump the breaks, adding that "you have to temper it, just because, one, what he went through last year when he got into games. And, two, I just think it's fair to him. You don't put something unrealistic in front of him, because we don't want to just get him back. We want to keep him back. That's the whole idea." Brantley's health is going to continue to be an ongoing storyline this spring.
Mar 6 - 6:19 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to face Josh Tomlin in a simulated game Monday.

It'll be the first simulated action of the spring for Brantley, who was limited to 11 games during the 2016 regular season because of serious shoulder issues. The hope is he'll be ready for the opening of the 2017 campaign, but there are still some hurdles to clear.
Mar 6 - 11:38 AM

Michael Brantley's (shoulder) next step is to hit in simulated games.

Brantley took live batting practice for a second consecutive day on Saturday. There is no firm date for when he'll begin playing in simulated games, and he would presumably have to play in at least a couple before being cleared for his Cactus League debut. The Indians are hoping Brantley is ready to go on Opening Day, but nothing can be considered a given for him at this point.
Mar 5 - 1:06 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice for a second consecutive day on Saturday.

It will mark the first time that he has taken BP on the field on consecutive days this spring, indicating that he's progressing in his recovery. While the club is taking it slow with him this spring, the club remains optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 4 - 10:37 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) took on-field batting practice on Wednesday.

He made if through the session unscathed and went through a light workout on Thursday. The Indians are taking it slow with Brantley, who is now seven months removed from right biceps surgery. Brantley has been an integral part of Cleveland's offense when healthy but was limited to just 11 games last season.
Mar 2 - 8:38 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) took normal batting practice indoors on Friday.

It's the next step in Brantley's hitting progression this spring. Coming off a season wrecked by shoulder issues, Brantley will continue to be brought along slowly and it's unclear when he'll be ready to play in Cactus League games.
Feb 24 - 12:09 PM

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1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Austin Jackson
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
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3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
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R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Carlos Frias
8Shawn Armstrong
9Nick Goody
10Kyle Crockett