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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) 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

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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

The Indians' training staff wants to see how Michael Brantley (ankle) responds to treatment before considering a trip to the disabled list.

Brantley sprained his right ankle during Tuesday's game. The Indians haven't revealed the results of his MRI, but the fact that he wasn't automatically placed on the DL would seem to be a good sign. That said, it's still possible he'll wind up on there. Abraham Almonte is in left field Wednesday.
Aug 9 - 10:25 AM

Michael Brantley is scheduled to undergo an MRI late Tuesday night.

Brantley was removed from Tuesday's game against the Rockies after spraining his right ankle while breaking for a ball in the outfield in the top of the fifth inning. There's obviously some concern that it's a severe injury. Look for an update by Wednesday afternoon.
Aug 8 - 10:51 PM

Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with a sprained right ankle.

Brantley suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Rockies while breaking for a ball in the outfield. Consider him day-to-day for now, though it's possible this sprain could require a stint on the 10-day disabled list. Abraham Almonte took over in left field for Cleveland on Tuesday.
Aug 8 - 8:46 PM

Michael Brantley was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Rockies with an apparent leg injury.

Brantley broke hard on a ball to center field in the top of the fifth inning and pulled up lame. He sat on the ground and called for a trainer before eventually limping off. Look for an update soon from Cleveland. Abraham Almonte took over in left field for the Indians.
Aug 8 - 8:23 PM

Michael Brantley hit his ninth home run of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

Brantley launched a solo shot off Yankees starter Luis Severino in the bottom of the first inning, but the Indians wouldn't score another run in the 8-1 loss. Brantley now has nine home runs and 52 RBI in 87 games this season, alongside a .300/.359/.447 overall batting line.
Aug 6 - 4:17 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 but didn't factor into the scoring as his team lost to the Yankees on Saturday.

He singled twice to boost his batting average to an even .300 on the season. He missed almost all of last season with a severe shoulder injury but has made a nice comeback in 2017. He has eight home runs, 51 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 86 games.
Aug 5 - 10:47 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored Friday versus the Yankees.

Brantley was credited with an RBI after Aaron Judge made a throwing error from right field, which allowed Brandon Guyer to score from third base. The 30-year-old has bounced back from his shoulder issues by hitting .298/.358/.439 with eight homers, 51 RBI, and 11 steals through 85 games this season, though he’s not quite on the level of where he was a couple of years ago.
Aug 4 - 10:26 PM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Friday versus the White Sox.

Brantley now has three homers in his last six games. The 30-year-old has underwhelmed on the power front this season, with just eight homers through 80 games, but perhaps he needed some time to get back on track after all of his shoulder issues. He’s batting .301/.364/.448 overall.
Jul 29 - 1:49 AM

Michael Brantley went deep as the Indians outlasted the Angels in extra innings on Tuesday.

Brantley capped off a seven-run rally in the second inning with a solo shot off of Jesse Chavez. He finished the night 1-for-5 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. Brantley is enjoying a nice season at the dish, slashing .301/.367/.445 with seven homers and 46 RBI.
Jul 26 - 12:02 AM

Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the Indians' defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Brantley opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and he slugged a two-run shot off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ in the bottom of the sixth. The 30-year-old outfielder has been in a nice offensive groove since the All-Star break and he's now slashing .303/.369/.440 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 75 total games this season.
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

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2B1Jose Ramirez
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SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Yandy Diaz
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LF1Michael Brantley
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