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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 went 2-for-4 with a strikeout in Saturday's loss to the Twins.
Brantley missed a few games with a sprained ankle earlier in the week. He returned on Friday with two hits and repeated the feat today. He missed most of the last two seasons with a shoulder injury but has resumed his place as one of the better hitters in the league this year. He has a .302 batting average with five home runs, 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases. May 13 - 8:20 PM

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Michael Brantley (ankle) went 2-for-3 plus a walk in his return to action on Friday.

Brantley sprained his ankle on Sunday and sat out the first half of the week, but he didn't show any signs of rust against the Twins on Friday. He has been terrific this season, slashing .294/.357/.480 with five homers, 17 RBI and three stolen bases.
May 13 - 8:34 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Michael Brantley (ankle) isn't far off from playing but might miss the entire series in Toronto that runs through Wednesday.

Brantley sprained his right ankle on Sunday. It doesn't sound like anything to be worried about, but it appears the Indians could play it safe here with the next three games on artificial turf. Yandy Diaz is in left field Monday.
May 8 - 5:25 PM

Michael Brantley is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Royals with a right ankle sprain.

Manager Terry Francona said afterwards that the trainers believe that it will only sideline him for a day or two and shouldn't necessitate a trip to the disabled list. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday.
May 8 - 1:22 AM

Michael Brantley was lifted from Sunday's game versus the Royals with a sprained right ankle.

It's not clear when Brantley suffered the injury, but it doesn't seem to be more than a day-to-day thing. The Indians should have more on his status after the game.
May 7 - 3:55 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer Sunday against the Mariners.

The Indians are overjoyed by what they've gotten from Brantley so far. His exit velocity doesn't back up current 30-homer pace, but he doesn't need to hit 30 homers to be an awfully valuable player.
Apr 30 - 4:57 PM

Michael Brantley is not in the Indians' lineup Friday.

It's a scheduled day off. Lonnie Chisenhall is also sitting out, as the Indians are going with an outfield of Brandon Guyer, Austin Jackson and Abraham Almonte.

Michael Brantley homered for the second straight day in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Brantley took Dallas Keuchel deep to right field to lead off the ninth inning, which extended his hitting streak to nine games. He's hit all four of his longballs over that stretch and has multiple hits in five of those contests. Brantley has exceeded everyone's expectations in the early going.
Apr 25 - 9:11 PM

Michael Brantley did a bit of everything Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the White Sox.

Brantley was already having a good night before he took Sox reliever Michael Ynoa deep for the two-run blast in the seventh inning. The homer and steal were both his third of the season, respectively. It's probably still too early to declare him past the shoulder issues that kept him out for nearly all of 2016, but with an eight-game hitting streak the 29-year-old is now batting .310/.385/.517 through 15 games this year.
Apr 22 - 11:29 PM

Michael Brantley doubled, singled and scored three runs on Tuesday against the Twins.

Making his seventh start in eight days, Brantley doubled and scored in the first inning, singled and scored in the third and was hit by a pitch and scored in the ninth. The veteran outfielder's shoulder has seemed to be a non-issue so far and he's got his batting line up to .289/.373/.489. His arrow is certainly pointing up.
Apr 19 - 12:55 AM

Michael Brantley homered, drew a walk, and drove in two runs Monday as the Indians topped the Twins.

Brantley plated Yan Gomes on a groundout in the top of the third inning and slugged a solo shot off Twins starter Kyle Gibson in the top of the fifth. He has two homers in his last four games and has reached base in eight of his last 19 plate appearances. The 29-year-old outfielder has also started six games in the last seven days. All great signs for a guy who appeared in just 11 total games last season.
Apr 17 - 11:37 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 and scored the Indians' lone run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Brantley also swiped his second base of the season in the contest, setting him up to score on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez. Brantley has looked strong in the early going, slashing .270/.341/.405 with a homer and six RBI.
Apr 16 - 5:00 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 with a home run, his first of the season, in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

More than that, the dinger was the first for Brantley since September 10, 2015, a stretch of 581 days that spanned a couple shoulder surgeries as well. Before injuries wrecked Brantley's 2016 season, he was one of the game's best offensive players. As a result of the surgeries, nobody was quite sure what to expect from the 29-year-old this season. He's seemed relatively healthy, though, batting .241/.313/.414 with a couple doubles and a steal to go with Thursday's homer. We're fairly confident it won't again be 581 days between homers for Brantley.
Apr 14 - 8:18 AM

Michael Brantley hit a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Indians defeated the White Sox on Tuesday.

Brantley's liner into the left-field corner scored Francisco Lindor all the way from first base and sent Indians fans home happy in the club's home opener at Progressive Field. Brantley finished 1-for-3 with that RBI and two walks. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting .250 with a .348 on-base percentage through six regular-season games. Most importantly, he looks healthy.
Apr 11 - 8:14 PM

Michael Brantley is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley started four of six games for the Indians in the first week as they do their best to ease him back into things. He's picked up four singles and three RBI in 17 at-bats so far. Brandon Guyer has slid over to left field and Carlos Santana is getting a start in right with the designated hitter spot not available in Arizona.
Apr 9 - 1:16 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Erik Gonzalez
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Austin Jackson
3Bradley Zimmer
RF1Abraham Almonte
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Nick Goody
8Shawn Armstrong