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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) is slated to resume swinging a bat in late December.
Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for the beginning of spring training. Still, he has to be considered a major question mark heading into 2017. Dec 5 - 5:58 PM

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Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that restores his 40-man roster status. Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for spring training.
Nov 7 - 4:11 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will resume baseball activities in December.

Brantley is coming off a lost season and had a second shoulder surgery in August. There were reports in September about him possibly getting a late start to next season, but for now the Indians expect him to be 100 percent heading into spring training. Of course, they expected to have him for most of 2016, too. He's a big health question mark.
Nov 4 - 3:27 PM

The Indians have shot down a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" next season.

Heyman's report said that Brantley's rehab from a second right shoulder surgery could drag past Opening Day next year, but the Indians don't think that will be the case. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. "We were told after the second surgery that the timeline (for recovery) would be four to five months. As far as I know, nothing has changed." There's no reason to doubt the Indians' belief that Brantley will be ready to go for Opening Day, but the reality is there's a lot up in the air with him given how this year went.
Sep 29 - 4:58 PM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" at the beginning of next season.

Per these sources, doctors had to "re-anchor the muscle to the bone" during Brantley's most recent right shoulder surgery in mid-August. That procedure will come with another lengthy rehabilitation -- possibly much longer than the initial projection of four months. Brantley and the Indians are both refuting Heyman's report, for what it's worth. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in only 11 games this season for Tribe after earning MVP votes in 2014 and 2015.
Sep 29 - 12:16 PM

Michael Brantley underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Monday.

The surgery addressed chronic biceps tendinitis in his shoulder. The good news is that his previous labrum repair is intact and the remainder of his shoulder joint looked fine. He's expected to make a full recovery in four months, so the hope is that he'll be able to put a lost 2016 behind him and be ready for the start of 2017.
Aug 16 - 2:48 PM

Michael Brantley will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday.

It just wasn't going to happen for Brantley this year. He returned to the lineup in late April following offseason shoulder surgery but only lasted 11 games before landing back on the disabled list. He's encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery, leading the Indians to finally pull the plug on his 2016 season. It would have been nice to have Brantley back for the stretch run but instead the Indians will have to make do with Rajai Davis in left field.
Aug 13 - 4:46 PM

Michael Brantley has experienced yet another recurrence of right shoulder discomfort.

Brantley needed major surgery on his right shoulder last November and then underwent a cleanup procedure last month to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon. According to a press release from the Indians, doctors recently found "symptoms consistent with chronic biceps tendinitis." At this point, he seems doubtful to return this season.
Aug 9 - 5:07 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) said he is "very confident" he can still impact the Indians this season.

Brantley has been hitting in the cage for the past couple of days and is apparently feeling good. He underwent surgery earlier this month to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon, near the right shoulder that required major surgery last November. The star outfielder has been limited to 11 major league games in 2016.
Jul 26 - 4:20 PM

Michael Brantley has undergone surgery to remove scar tissue from his right biceps tendon.

Brantley hasn't been able to shake his nagging shoulder issues following last October's operation, but if he's only dealing with a scar tissue build-up that's probably a best-case scenario. He's expected to be ready to resume baseball activities sometime next week. It's unclear when he might make it back with the Indians.
Jul 22 - 5:08 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Michael Brantley is feeling discomfort again in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley feels it at the end of his swing, which is obviously a serious problem. The outfielder will undergo an enhanced image exam on Wednesday as the Indians try to gather more information about this latest setback. Brantley has been limited to 11 major league games this season and probably won't be returning anytime soon. He had recently shifted his minor league rehab assignment from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus, putting him one step away from Cleveland.
Jul 19 - 6:19 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Michael Brantley (shoulder) has an off-day of his minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

Brantley is 3-for-12 (.250) with one double and one walk through four games during his rehab stint, though he has yet to play back-to-back games. He's scheduled to meet with trainers to discuss the next step. More should be known on Tuesday.
Jul 18 - 6:18 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will shift his rehab assignment to Double-A Akron on Friday.

It's Brantley's third stop on his rehab tour. Brantley went 3-for-5 at his previous two stops and looks well on his way to joining the Indians sometime next week. First, Brantley will have to play back-to-back games, which he hasn't done yet. He's missed the last two months with shoulder and biceps issues.
Jul 14 - 7:59 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a double during Wednesday's rehab game with Low-A Mohoning Valley.

Brantley is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery. He appeared in 11 games earlier this season before the balky wing sent him back to the disabled list. The 29-year-old outfielder will likely be ready to return to action in late July or early August.
Jul 13 - 8:50 PM

Michael Brantley went 1-for-2 in Monday's rehab game with Low-A Mahoning Valley.

Brantley said his shoulder felt good the day after the game. Positive signs for a player who has played in just 11 games this season. He underwent offseason surgery on his right shoulder, but the wing has remained problematic. If he continues to feel good at Low-A, the Tribe will likely bump him to Double-A before potentially reinstating him. A late July return to the bigs could be in the cards here.
Jul 13 - 6:15 PM

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