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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) will take some dry swings and possibly hit off a tee on Friday.
It's a nice step, although there remains no timetable for Brantley to return to games so it's going to be a long process. The outfielder was placed on the disabled list two weeks ago due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. May 27 - 4:31 PM

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Indians manager Terry Francona stated Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) does not currently have a timetable for his return.

"There's no timetable listed, because there isn't one. It's completely on how he feels," Francona said. "Between Michael and the trainers and myself, we'll get together and we'll walk through this thing." Brantley was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a case of right shoulder fatigue. That is the same shoulder that underwent offseason surgery. A recent MRI found no additional damage in the recovering wing, but there is some lingering inflammation. An early June return seems possible.
May 18 - 8:03 PM

Michael Brantley was given an anti-inflammatory injection for his right shoulder on Tuesday.

Cleveland placed Brantley on the 15-day disabled list on May 14, retroactive to May 10, after he complained of fatigue in his surgically-repaired shoulder. A checkup exam with Brantley's surgeon Tuesday went smoothly and the hope is he will feel well enough to return when first eligible. Marlon Byrd, Rajai Davis, and Jose Ramirez have been seeing action in left field.
May 17 - 6:52 PM

An MRI taken Friday on Michael Brantley's surgically-repaired right shoulder showed no new damage.

But the star outfielder is experiencing fatigue in that shoulder and so the Indians have placed him on the 15-day disabled list as a precautionary measure. Brantley was batting just .231 with a .561 OPS out of the gate and will probably go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Indians' active roster. We'd look for an early-June activation.
May 14 - 1:25 PM

Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 10, with right shoulder fatigue.

Brantley had missed three games due to lingering fatigue in the surgically-repaired shoulder, and the Indians finally decided they couldn't wait any longer. The stint may be a good thing for the 28-year-old, who was hitting just .231 with a .561 OPS since coming back in late April. The team should shed some more light on a potential timeline shortly.
May 14 - 11:36 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) remained out of the Indians' lineup Friday.

Brantley hasn't played since Monday due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He's slated to taking batting practice Friday but apparently won't be in the lineup no matter how well it goes. Brantley is batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season.
May 13 - 3:21 PM

Michael Brantley is dealing with fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley didn't start Tuesday or Wednesday ahead of Thursday's off day, as his shoulder hasn't bounce back well following increased playing time. It's the same sort of thing he experienced during spring training when he went through a shutdown period. Brantley has reported improvement and will take batting practice on Friday before the Indians evaluate his readiness to play. He's batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season.
May 13 - 9:57 AM

Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 on Monday and has just two extra-base hits in 39 at-bats since coming off the disabled list.

Brantley had a 4-for-5 game on Thursday, but he's hitting just .231/.279/.282 overall in 11 games since making his season debut. Perhaps the cleanup spot isn't the right place for him to be hitting right now.
May 9 - 11:32 PM

Michael Brantley is not in the Indians starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a day of rest for Brantley who has been playing nearly every day since returning from the disabled list. Rajai Davis will start in his place and bat leadoff against Ian Kennedy and the Royals on Saturday.
May 7 - 12:50 PM

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

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

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C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Chris Gimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
3Michael Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
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S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Austin Adams