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Michael Brantley | Outfielder

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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. Oct 1 - 5:01 PM

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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.
Sep 30 - 2:16 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.
Sep 30 - 1:28 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.
Sep 29 - 7:16 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.
Sep 29 - 3:24 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.
Sep 27 - 1:09 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.
Sep 26 - 5:43 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.
Sep 26 - 12:02 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.
Sep 25 - 7:37 PM

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

Brantley missed the last two contests with a sore right shoulder. He's hitting a blistering .344/.405/.578 with 10 homers since the All-Star break.
Sep 25 - 5:23 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) hit in the batting cage Thursday and should return to the Indians' lineup soon.

Brantley has missed the last two games after injuring his right shoulder diving for a ball on Tuesday. "He's doing better," said manager Terry Francona. "He hit in the cage today. I don't know if he'll play Friday, but I guess the fact that we're even thinking about it means that he's getting closer."
Sep 25 - 10:24 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.

Brantley hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball on Tuesday and will now miss his second straight start. It doesn't appear to be serious, but he's not close to 100 percent yet. Mike Aviles will start in left field.
Sep 24 - 5:26 PM

Michael Brantley said Wednesday his ailing right shoulder didn't get any worse overnight.

Brantley left Tuesday's game after hurting the shoulder diving for a fly ball, and the fact that the injury didn't worsen from Tuesday to Wednesday counts as good news. Brantley worked with team trainers Wednesday and was even considering the possibility of taking swings in the batting cage, suggesting he could be back on the field in a day or two. The team hasn't provided an official update on the 27-year-old.
Sep 23 - 6:26 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is not in the Indians' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Twins.

Brantley suffered a right shoulder injury on a diving attempt in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday. He's also dealt with left shoulder issues this season. It might be a light load for him the rest of the way. Mike Aviles is starting in left field and batting ninth Wednesday against Twins right-hander Phil Hughes.
Sep 23 - 4:54 PM

Michael Brantley left Tuesday's game versus the Twins with a right shoulder injury.

He dealt with a left shoulder ailment last month and now the other one is bothering him. Brantley hurt the shoulder on a diving attempt in the bottom of the third inning. He stayed in to bat in the top of the fourth but was pulled when the Tribe took the field for the bottom of the frame. The Indians should have more on his status after the game.
Sep 22 - 10:04 PM

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C1Yan Gomes
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3C.C. Lee
1B1Carlos Santana
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Mike Aviles
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Jose Ramirez
3B1Giovanny Urshela
2Chris Johnson
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Michael Martinez
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Jerry Sands
DH1Ryan Raburn
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3Trevor Bauer
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5Ryan Webb
6Jeff Manship
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