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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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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. Nov 3 - 3:40 PM

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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.
Oct 19 - 11:10 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.
Oct 8 - 4:31 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.
Oct 7 - 4:28 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.
Oct 6 - 2:19 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.
Oct 3 - 2:54 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.
Sep 30 - 4:55 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.
Sep 30 - 3:06 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.
Sep 27 - 5:00 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.
Sep 27 - 4:15 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.
Sep 20 - 4:25 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.
Sep 17 - 12:10 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.
Sep 5 - 6:29 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) has resumed some baseball activities but is still spending most of his time wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

Brantley has already missed nearly two weeks with what the Indians called a mildly sprained right ankle, but it doesn't sound like his return is imminent. Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson will continue to share time in left field.
Aug 20 - 10:41 AM

Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list with a mild right ankle sprain.

The club had said that they wanted to wait and see how Brantley's ankle responded to treatment before they made a decision on a possible DL stint, but they've reversed course and gone ahead and made the move. The fact that they're calling the ankle sprain mild would certainly seem to be a good sign. With Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) also out, the Indians are poised to go with Abraham Almonte, Austin Jackson and Brandon Guyer in their corner outfield spots for a while.
Aug 9 - 11:06 AM

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SS1Francisco Lindor
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3B1Yandy Diaz
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
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