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Michael Brantley | Outfielder | #23

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 7 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Brantley (ankle) has been cleared for throwing and light hitting activity.
Brantley underwent surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle and he is questionable for the start of the 2018 regular season. The big test will be running and he's a couple weeks away from ramping things up in that department. If he is not ready, Lonnie Chisenhall, Abraham Almonte, Tyler Naquin, and Melvin Upton Jr. would be in the mix for starts in left field to open the year. Jason Kipnis could see some action there too. Feb 14 - 3:23 PM

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Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Monday that Michael Brantley "had a good report" on his surgically-repaired right ankle a couple weeks ago.

Brantley met with Indians head athletic trainer James Quinlan to check on his progress from October's ankle surgery and things appear to be on track. "We'll know more when he starts ground-based activities, starts running and cutting, things like that," Antonetti added. "But so far, it's gone really well." Even if things continue to progress well for Brantley, he doesn't appear to be a given to be ready for Opening Day.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 08:44:00 PM

Indians exercised OF Michael Brantley's $12 million option for 2018.

It didn't seem like a given after Brantley played in just 101 games over the last two seasons and had major ankle surgery last month. However, the two-time All-Star hit .299/.357/.444 this past season when healthy, so the Indians decided he was worth the health risk. Brantley isn't a given to be ready for the start of 2018.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Michael Brantley underwent surgery Wednesday to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle.

The rehabilitation for such a procedure typically lasts 4-5 months, which could mean Brantley won't be able to participate in much of spring training and might be in danger of missing the start of the 2018 season. Cleveland holds an $11 million club option (or $1 million buyout) on the 30-year-old outfielder. He batted .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games this summer.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Michael Brantley is serving as the Indians' designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

With Edwin Encarnacion (ankle) sidelined, Brantley get an opportunity to get his bat in the lineup. He's batting seventh against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 04:31:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) may serve as the Indians' designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Sunday.

With Edwin Encarnacion's status up in the air after sustaining a sprained right ankle in Friday's game, Brantley could slide in and take his hacks as the club's DH. Brantley will run sprints in the outfield and take fly balls during Saturday's workout and barring any setbacks should be cleared to return on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) could be in the Indians' lineup as soon as Game 3 of the ALDS.

Brantley hasn't started a game since early August due to a nagging right ankle injury, only getting in three token late-season at-bats before the end of the regular season. He's on the bench Friday for the second straight ALDS game, but he'll work out during the off day Saturday in New York and, depending on how he looks and feels, might be in the Game 3 lineup Sunday. The Indians have used Lonnie Chisenhall and Austin Jackson in left field for the first two games.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 02:19:00 PM

Michael Brantley will be on the Indians' roster for the ALDS.

Brantley just returned from an ankle injury and isn't 100 percent quite yet. It sounds like he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duties, at least initially.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 02:54:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that he wants to have a long conversation with Michael Brantley to make sure he didn't rush back from the disabled list.

"Part of my, I don't know if anxiety is the right word, but he's trying so hard to be part of what we're doing," Francona said. "And I just want to talk to him at length, because he's got a career ahead of himself. I just want to make sure that we're not putting him in a spot that isn't right." Brantley was activated from the DL Saturday, but it sounds like it's far from a sure thing that he'll be ready for regular duty in the final days of the regular season and in the playoffs. He's been out since early August with a sprained right ankle.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 10-day disabled list.

The Indians had been hoping to get Brantley into a game before the regular season ended and it looks like they'll get their wish. He has been on the shelf since August 9 due to a right ankle sprain.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 03:06:00 PM

The Indians are hoping to get Michael Brantley into a game this weekend.

Brantley just resumed running today, so things must have gone well, because the assumption was that the outfielder had no chance of playing before the postseason began. If he can go, he can either lengthen the lineup or be an excellent weapon off the bench for Cleveland as they try and repeat their trip to the World Series.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) participated in jogging exercises on Wednesday.

Brantley was shut down exactly a week ago with the expectation that he'd resume workouts within 7-to-10 days. He's done just that. There's a chance that Brantley could come back for the postseason if Cleveland is fortunate enough to advance to the ALCS or World Series, but more than likely, we have seen the last of him in a Cleveland uniform for the 2017 season.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 04:15:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) will be shut down for another 7-to-10 days from all running activity.

Brantley will be reevaluated next week, but it doesn't sound good for his chances of making the postseason roster. It's unfortunate, especially because when healthy he's played well, hitting .299/.358/.445 in 99 games.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:25:00 PM

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Sunday that the team does not have any clarity on a possible return date for Michael Brantley (ankle).

Brantley has been on the shelf for nearly six weeks with a sprained right ankle and just hasn't been able to turn the corner in his recovery. At this point, it's pretty clear that the Indians and fantasy owners can't be counting on much, if anything, from Brantley for the remainder of the season.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 12:10:00 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

That's a positive update, but Brantley is obviously still a ways away from more intense flat-ground running and agility workouts. There is no timetable for his return to the Indians' active roster. He's been out since August 9 because of a right ankle sprain.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 06:29:00 PM

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1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
3Rob Refsnyder
4Michael Martinez
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Willi Castro
3Yu-Cheng Chang
4Eric Stamets
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Abraham Almonte
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RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
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