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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 (shoulder) said Thursday that he's not sure when he'll be cleared to begin a hitting program.
Brantley performed all drills other than hitting during an Indians minicamp on Thursday. His rehab from surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder is coming along and he's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that's unlikely to happen. The Indians have been vague about a timetable for the outfielder, indicating that he should be back at some point during the first couple months of the season. It's a situation that should become clearer during spring training. Jan 29 - 10:13 AM

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Michael Brantley (shoulder) participated in agility drills at Thursday's team workout.

He was also able to play catch. Hitting will be the next step in Brantley's recovery process as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley is coming off a career year and is tentatively expected to return sometime in mid to late April.
Jan 28 - 1:50 PM

A "source close to the situation" told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that Michael Brantley (shoulder) might not be ready to play until June.

Brantley underwent major surgery in early November to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. At the time that news was first announced, the Indians estimated that he would be ready to rock sometime in mid-April. But that's now looking overly optimistic. We should all have a better read on the situation when spring training opens in February.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) remains on track for a return to the Indians in mid-April.

The dynamic outfielder underwent surgery in early November to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He'll be a very interesting commodity in fantasy drafts as the injury and time off will cause him to fall, probably farther than he should, down draft boards.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:43:00 PM

The Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writer's Association of America elected Michael Brantley as the winner of the Bob Feller Man of the Year award.

Brantley underwent right shoulder surgery on November 9, but at least has a bit of a balm in being named the Bob Feller Man of the Year. In 137 games during the 2015 campaign, he slashed .310/.379/.480 with 15 homers, 84 RBI and 15 steals. The 28-year-old outfielder is expected to miss Spring Training, plus the first month of the regular season as he recovers from the torn labrum suffered on a diving catch attempt in late September. In other Indians hardware news, Mike Aviles was named the winner of the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy award.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 01:24:00 PM

Michael Brantley underwent surgery on his right shoulder Monday morning and will need 5-6 months of rehab.

Which means he's probably going to miss all of spring training and the first month of the 2016 season. Brantley hit .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs, 84 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 137 games this past year for the Indians before suffering a slight labrum tear on a late-September dive in the outfield. He'll still be a guy worth drafting in the early rounds if his rehab goes smoothly.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 12:50:00 PM

Michael Brantley is hopeful to avoid surgery on his right shoulder.

Brantley was shut down earlier this week due to inflammation in his shoulder. He received a cortisone shot and has been put on a two-week recovery plan going into the offseason.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Michael Brantley has been shut down for the season after an MRI revealed inflammation in his right shoulder.

With the Indians out of the playoff picture, Brantley will be given a cortisone shot and rest the shoulder for the final days of the 2015 campaign. The talented outfielder has also dealt with issues with his left shoulder off and on this season but has still managed a .310/.379/.480 batting line, 15 homers, 84 RBI and 15 steals.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) remained out of the Indians' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Twins.

Brantley has been in and out of the lineup since injuring his right shoulder on a dive last week and it's possible the Indians will just wind up shutting him down. Mike Aviles is in left field for the first game Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:28:00 PM

The Indians could shut Michael Brantley (shoulder) down for the season.

Brantley hurt his right shoulder on a dive last week and has been in and out of the lineup since then. He's also dealt with soreness in his left shoulder off and on all season. The outfielder was scheduled to meet with a team doctor on Tuesday and it could be decided then whether it would be best to go ahead and end Brantley's season early. He's hit .310/.379/.480 this season despite battling a variety of ailments.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Michael Brantley is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.

Brantley missed four games with a sore right shoulder before returning to action on Sunday and Monday. It's possible that he's just getting a day off. Jerry Sands is starting in left field.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 03:24:00 PM

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

It's his first start since Tuesday, as he's battled a sore right shoulder of late. Brantley has been on fire since the All-Star break, sporting a .344/.405/.578 batting line with 10 homers.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 01:09:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is expected to return to the Indians' lineup on Sunday or Monday.

Manager Terry Francona acknowledged that Monday is probably the most likely scenario. Abraham Almonte will get another start in center field Saturday against the Royals.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will not play on Saturday.

He was scratched from Friday's lineup after aggravating his shoulder injury during batting practice prior to the game. Brantley has been sidelined since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:02:00 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) was scratched from the Indians starting lineup on Friday.

He had been scheduled to return after missing two games due to a sore right shoulder, but the Indians wanted to play things safe and give him an extra day. Expect him to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 07:37:00 PM

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