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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 not in Sunday's lineup due to his ongoing back issue.
Brantley's back problems date back to spring training and he's been battling it off and on all season. With Monday's off day, he'll have two straight days of rest in hopes that he'll feel better on Tuesday. David Murphy is in left field Sunday. Jun 7 - 12:40 PM

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Michael Brantley hit a game-winning RBI single to lead the Indians past the Royals on Tuesday.

Brantley came through with a rare RBI single off Royals reliever Wade Davis to give the Indians the lead in the eighth inning. He also walked in the game, finishing 1-for-3. Brantley is now hitting .302/.382/.471 with 31 RBI on the season.
Jun 3 - 12:28 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Saturday that Michael Brantley's back is still an issue.

Brantley first injured his back in spring training and missed four games last month with the ailment. The outfielder contends that the injury is "in the past," but Francona admitted that Brantley is trying to "pick his spots" and not overdo it. Brantley is hitting .205 (9-for-44) since May 18 and it appears his slump could be due in part to his back problem flaring up again.
May 31 - 9:34 AM

Michael Brantley is not in the Indians starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the All-Star outfielder. Brantley is enjoying another terrific season for the Indians, slashing .319/.397/.511 with four homers and 26 RBI in 35 games. He'll be back in there on Sunday.
May 23 - 12:39 PM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Brantley gave the Indians their only run of the contest when he doubled off of Nick Martinez in the fifth inning. He also walked and struck out once--the strikeout was just his seventh of the season. Brantley's been insanely productive thus far and is now hitting .348/.429/.565 with four homers, 22 RBI and 20 runs scored. He's also 6-for-6 on steals.
May 17 - 6:17 PM

Michael Brantley went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Rangers.

Brantley also walked twice, so he reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances Friday. The 28-year-old had a minor scare with his back about a month ago, but you wouldn't know it by the numbers he has put up so far this season. He's batting .349/.427/.560 through 28 games and has only struck out five times thus far.
May 16 - 12:40 AM

Michael Brantley hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Twins.

The home run didn't come close to changing the final outcome, as it came in the eighth inning with the Tribe down 8-2. With the dinger, Brantley upped his season slash to .337/.400/.535. He's hit three home runs and driven in 15 while scoring 14 runs and stealing four bases without being caught. It's a great start for the soon-to-be 28-year-old.
May 9 - 12:41 AM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Brantley's two-run homer off Royals starter Jason Vargas came in the first inning. He also walked in the game. Brantley is red hot to start the year, batting .351/.415/.541 with two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games. He's added three stolen bases and 11 runs scored to boot, proving that last season's breakout was only the beginning.
May 5 - 10:51 PM

Michael Brantley was 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Brantley's two-run shot off Mark Buehrle in the fifth inning put the Indians ahead for good. The 27-year-old missed a few days last month with a back issue, but you wouldn't know it by how he's swinging the bat lately. He's hitting a cool .344/.382/500 through 16 games.
May 1 - 10:29 PM

Michael Brantley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Indians' win over the White Sox Tuesday.

Brantley delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning to stretch the Tribe's lead. He's now 6-for-20 (.300) with three RBI in five games since returning from a back injury. If he can stay on the field, Brantley should only continue to get better after enjoying a breakout 2014 season.
Apr 21 - 11:36 PM

Michael Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup Friday.

Both hits were singles. Brantley, who served as the DH on Friday, missed the previous four games due to a back injury. The issue has already flared up a couple of times since spring training, so he might not be out of the woods yet.
Apr 18 - 12:56 AM

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

He's in the designated hitter spot rather than in left field, but Brantley's fantasy owners will take it. The outfielder had played just once over the previous 10 days due to a back injury that has lingered since spring training. David Murphy is in left field.
Apr 17 - 4:39 PM

The Indians are hoping that Michael Brantley (back) will be ready to return to the lineup on Friday.

Brantley has played just once over the last eight days due to a back injury. He's feeling better, but the Indians are off on Thursday so they'll hold the outfielder back and hope he's ready to go on Friday. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction."
Apr 14 - 8:11 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley's back "has been looked at extensively."

Brantley has been checked out by the Indians' team doctors and an outside specialist since feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back last Friday. And the injury seems to be nothing more than soreness. He is out of the Indians' starting lineup again on Tuesday night, but there's a chance he could return Wednesday. Cleveland is off on Thursday.
Apr 14 - 4:42 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Brantley hasn't played since he reported feeling a "stabbing" pain in his back during Friday's game. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, so we should know more about his status soon. Jerry Sands is taking his place in left field Tuesday night.
Apr 14 - 2:33 PM

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C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Mike Aviles
3B1Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1Nick Swisher
DH1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
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S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Danny Salazar
5Cody Anderson
6Gavin Floyd
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R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Nick Hagadone
6Zach McAllister
7Ryan Webb
8Josh Tomlin
9Jeff Manship