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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 has been diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis.
He was given a cortisone injection and will hopefully be able to resume baseball activities within the next few days. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He remains out indefinitely. Jun 21 - 4:52 PM

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Michael Brantley has traveled to Dallas for a second opinion on his right shoulder.

It's actually like the 10th opinion by now. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season because of discomfort and fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and he began experiencing new problems this week. There is obviously no timetable for his return.
Jun 21 - 4:23 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is still limited to taking soft-tosses.

In other words, nothing much has changed about his status from a week ago. The timetable for his return remains up in the air, but Indians manager Terry Francona isn't discouraged. "He's progressing just like he's supposed to and he feels really good about it," said Francona.
Jun 13 - 8:28 PM

Indians president Chris Antonetti said Monday that there is "nothing really new" to report on the status of Michael Brantley's injured right shoulder.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted Monday afternoon about "serious concern" from the Indians that Brantley is going to miss "a significant amount of time" with his latest shoulder issue, but there hasn't been any major setback. At least not one the Indians will admit to publicly. "Nothing really new," Antonetti told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal in a followup to the Passan report. "We are focused on working with Michael to help him get to the point where he’s not only healthy but strong enough to make a meaningful impact on the balance of our season. We don’t have a clear timetable for that yet but are encouraged by the progress he continues to make." Brantley underwent right shoulder surgery last November and then landed back on the disabled list May 10 with renewed discomfort. He was recently cleared for soft-toss work.
Jun 6 - 3:13 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "serious concern" from the Indians that Michael Brantley (shoulder) is "going to miss a significant amount of time."

Brantley was out for the first three weeks of the 2016 season following November 2015 shoulder surgery and then had to head back to the disabled list on May 10 after experiencing renewed discomfort in that same joint. He was cleared for soft-toss last week, but there has apparently been another setback. Look for more details soon. Brantley has appeared in just 11 games this season for the Indians, who have been using Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez in left field.
Jun 6 - 2:31 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) could be cleared for soft-tossing on Friday.

He'll also track pitches in Joba Chamberlain's simulated game on Saturday, though he isn't ready to face live pitching yet. Brantley returned from shoulder surgery in late April but only lasted two weeks before getting hurt again. Jose Ramirez has been manning left field in his absence.
Jun 2 - 7:05 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) admitted Saturday that it's "going to take a little bit of time" before he returns.

Indians manager Terry Francona added that the club is taking a more "conservative" approach with Brantley now after it appears they brought him back from the disabled list too soon late last month. "We didn't put a timetable (on Brantley's return) because there isn't one," said Francona. "It's how he feels." Brantley took dry swings and hit off a tee Friday, but he hasn't been cleared to swing a bat in consecutive days yet.
May 29 - 10:58 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) will take some dry swings and possibly hit off a tee on Friday.

It's a nice step, although there remains no timetable for Brantley to return to games so it's going to be a long process. The outfielder was placed on the disabled list two weeks ago due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
May 27 - 4:31 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona stated Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) does not currently have a timetable for his return.

"There's no timetable listed, because there isn't one. It's completely on how he feels," Francona said. "Between Michael and the trainers and myself, we'll get together and we'll walk through this thing." Brantley was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a case of right shoulder fatigue. That is the same shoulder that underwent offseason surgery. A recent MRI found no additional damage in the recovering wing, but there is some lingering inflammation. An early June return seems possible.
May 18 - 8:03 PM

Michael Brantley was given an anti-inflammatory injection for his right shoulder on Tuesday.

Cleveland placed Brantley on the 15-day disabled list on May 14, retroactive to May 10, after he complained of fatigue in his surgically-repaired shoulder. A checkup exam with Brantley's surgeon Tuesday went smoothly and the hope is he will feel well enough to return when first eligible. Marlon Byrd, Rajai Davis, and Jose Ramirez have been seeing action in left field.
May 17 - 6:52 PM

An MRI taken Friday on Michael Brantley's surgically-repaired right shoulder showed no new damage.

But the star outfielder is experiencing fatigue in that shoulder and so the Indians have placed him on the 15-day disabled list as a precautionary measure. Brantley was batting just .231 with a .561 OPS out of the gate and will probably go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Indians' active roster. We'd look for an early-June activation.
May 14 - 1:25 PM

Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 10, with right shoulder fatigue.

Brantley had missed three games due to lingering fatigue in the surgically-repaired shoulder, and the Indians finally decided they couldn't wait any longer. The stint may be a good thing for the 28-year-old, who was hitting just .231 with a .561 OPS since coming back in late April. The team should shed some more light on a potential timeline shortly.
May 14 - 11:36 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) remained out of the Indians' lineup Friday.

Brantley hasn't played since Monday due to fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He's slated to taking batting practice Friday but apparently won't be in the lineup no matter how well it goes. Brantley is batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season.
May 13 - 3:21 PM

Michael Brantley is dealing with fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley didn't start Tuesday or Wednesday ahead of Thursday's off day, as his shoulder hasn't bounce back well following increased playing time. It's the same sort of thing he experienced during spring training when he went through a shutdown period. Brantley has reported improvement and will take batting practice on Friday before the Indians evaluate his readiness to play. He's batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season.
May 13 - 9:57 AM

Michael Brantley went 0-for-4 on Monday and has just two extra-base hits in 39 at-bats since coming off the disabled list.

Brantley had a 4-for-5 game on Thursday, but he's hitting just .231/.279/.282 overall in 11 games since making his season debut. Perhaps the cleanup spot isn't the right place for him to be hitting right now.
May 9 - 11:32 PM

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3Michael Martinez
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