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Michael Brantley | Outfielder | #23

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 appeared as a pinch-hitter in his season debut Monday against the Twins.
He lined out while pinch-hitting for Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. Brantley stayed in the game and played an inning in left field. Manager Terry Francona opted to sit Brantley against left-hander Tommy Milone but he should be in the lineup Tuesday versus Ricky Nolasco. Apr 26 - 10:33 AM

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Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 15-day disabled list.

Brantley missed the first three weeks of the 2016 season following November surgery on his right shoulder. He looked pretty good on his minor league rehab assignment, managing five hits (two doubles) and three walks in seven games, and is safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Brantley, 28, slashed .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs, 84 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 137 games last season for the Tribe.
Apr 25 - 4:05 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will meet with Indians manager Terry Francona and the trainers on Monday to discuss the possibility of being activated from the disabled list.

It would be a surprise if he's not activated on Monday. Brantley has played in back-to-back rehab games with Triple-A Columbus this weekend, which was the final hurdle for him to clear. He's coming back from offseason shoulder surgery.
Apr 24 - 11:34 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

He'll play in another game on Saturday, which is the first time he has played in back-to-back games, and if all goes well he could be ready to rejoin the Indians on Monday.
Apr 23 - 2:10 PM

Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said Friday that it's realistic to think Michael Brantley (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

That's assuming his rehab games over the weekend at Triple-A Columbus go off without a hitch. Brantley is hitting .357/.438/.500 over five rehab contests to this point but has yet to play in back-to-back games. He's coming back from labrum surgery on his right shoulder.
Apr 22 - 5:41 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) is not far from activation but needs to play in back-to-back rehab games first.

That should be able to happen by the end of this week. Brantley has gone 2-for-10 with two walks in four rehab games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. The star outfielder is coming back from major shoulder surgery but is a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues as his 2016 regular-season debut approaches.
Apr 19 - 3:59 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 1-for-2 with a single Thursday in a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron.

Brantley played five innings. It was his second rehab appearance after going 1-for-2 with a double Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus. Brantley plans to work out in Cleveland on Friday. After that, Brantley will likely begin a new rehab assignment with the goal of playing two consecutive games. The 28-year-old could be back in the majors sometime next week.
Apr 14 - 11:17 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Columbus.

Brantley joined up with Columbus on Friday, but he was limited to pregame workouts over the weekend as the Indians continue to ease him back from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley will probably spend around a week taking at-bats and playing the outfield at the Triple-A level before joining Cleveland's active roster. The dynamic 28-year-old is coming soon to fantasy scoring columns near you.
Apr 11 - 11:17 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will head to Triple-A Columbus on Friday to begin workouts.

Brantley will probably be limited to batting practice and fielding drills for a couple of days before officially beginning a minor league rehab assignment with the Columbus Clippers. The star outfielder is aiming to join the Indians' active roster at some point in mid-April. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 25 as he continues his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
Apr 7 - 3:51 PM

Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, with a right shoulder injury.

Brantley looked to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from labrum surgery, but he had a little setback in spring training and that guaranteed a DL stint. The good news is that, if all goes well, he should return sometime in April. Rajai Davis should get most of the starts in left field while Brantley is out.
Apr 3 - 3:53 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to take batting practice with the Indians on Saturday.

It's an encouraging sign after Brantley finally resumed his hitting program on Friday after he was shut down due to soreness in his shoulder earlier in the week. He's expected to rejoin the Indians at some point in mid-April.
Apr 1 - 10:02 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will resume his hitting program on Friday.

Brantley came down with some soreness after appearing in a pair of Cactus League games, so the Indians shut him down for a few days. He'll begin the season on the disabled list, but he could make his season debut at some point in April if all goes well.
Mar 30 - 1:42 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day.

It had been the expectation for a while, although Brantley is ahead of schedule from shoulder surgery and was trying to change minds. However, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the outfielder "wasn't bouncing back quite as well" after a Cactus League game Monday, so they've pumped the brakes. He's likely to play only in minor league games moving forward so that the club can backdate a disabled list stint. Brantley should be ready by mid-April if all goes well.
Mar 25 - 2:24 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) "wasn't bouncing back quite as well" after playing on Monday.

He's been held out of games since then, although Francona doesn't sound concerned. "He wasn't bouncing back quite as well," Francona said. "I'm not really sure we expected him to be pushing it this much, this quick. He's so far ahead of schedule that it's kind of silly." The Indians could limit Brantley to minor league games for the rest of the spring in case they need to do a retroactive disabled list stint. However, they haven't given up hope of him being ready on Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 11:29 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are still in search of an upgrade in their outfield and continue to engage in trade talks.

Michael Brantley is ahead of schedule from shoulder surgery and could have a chance to be ready for Opening Day, so the Indians' outfield situation is looking a lot better than it did a couple of weeks ago, but the club is still exploring alternatives to their in-house options. However, Rosenthal hears that they are even more resistant now to move Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, or Danny Salazar than they were over the winter, instead offering up names like Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin, Cody Anderson, Michael Clevinger, and T.J. House. As of now, a deal doesn't appear likely. Assuming Brantley is ready for Opening Day, they could start him in left field, Rajai Davis in center field and Lonnie Chisenhall in right.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 21 - 6:04 PM

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C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Rajai Davis
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Kyle Crockett