60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
9 hours ago

Brantley (shoulder) remains without a timetable to return but says he is "very confident" he will return and have an impact this season, Chris Assenheimer of The Chronicle Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley had surgery last week to remove scar tissue from the shoulder that's nagged him all season and while he's yet to resume baseball activities, he's optimistic about returning this season. The 29-year-old will likely begin jogging and light-arm exercises in the coming weeks but could be held out all of August as he works his way back to full strength.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 days ago

Brantley (shoulder) underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue from his shoulder, Zach Meisel of Clevelanddotcom reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley underwent an MRI on Wednesday after feeling additional discomfort in his shoulder which necessitated a procedure to remove scar tissue that had built up. While he's expected to resume baseball activities next week, he's likely due to spend another 3-4 weeks sidelined as he returns to full strength. He projects to return sometime in August as the Indians look to secure a top seed in the American League.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
1 week ago

Brantley (shoulder) will undergo another MRI on Wednesday after feeling discomfort again in his shoulder while swinging a bat.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley will be forced to postpone his ongoing rehab after being unable to play in consecutive games over the weekend during his time in the minors. He recently moved to Double-A Akron for the next phase of his rehab, but only played Friday and Sunday before realizing that he still wasn't making the progress he needed to. There will be more information after Brantley's MRI on Wednesday.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
1 week ago

Brantley (shoulder) was not able to play in consecutive games over the weekend as planned, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley was able to get into games on Friday and Sunday but didn't play Monday. This likely pushes Brantley's eventual return back a couple of days as the team looks to re-evaluate the rehab program in the coming days.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
2 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder), who will move his rehab to Double-A Akron on Friday, hopes to play in consecutive games soon, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley could be playing consecutive games by the start of next week as he works his way back. The Indians want Brantley to be able to handle a heavy load upon his return to the lineup so he'll need to prove he can handle consecutive games without incident in his rehab program as a first hurdle.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
2 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) went 1-for-2 during Monday's rehab contest at Triple-A Columbus, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley said that his shoulder felt good after the game, and will likely compete in a couple more rehab games before returning to the Indians in the near future. He took batting practice Wednesday with Columbus and could return to the club before Cleveland begins their series with Baltimore on July 22.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
2 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Short-Season-A Mahoning Valley on Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley is expected to play five innings for Mahoning Valley on Monday and if all goes well, he will advance to Low-A Lake County on Wednesday and Double-A Akron by the weekend. The 29-year-old has been out of game action since May 9 as he recovers from shoulder and biceps discomfort but appears to be nearing 100 percent. When the outfielder eventually returns to big league action, he'll resume a .231/.279/.282 slash line through 39 major league at-bats this season.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
3 weeks ago

Indians manager Terry Francona said that Brantley (shoulder) has been recovering well in his rehab. He is scheduled to take BP for the third straight day on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There is still no definitive date on when Brantley will begin his minor league rehab, but obviously this is a great sign in his progression. If all continues to go well, expect Brantley to rejoin the Indians at some point shortly after the All-Star break.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
3 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to take another round of batting practice Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley continues to take positive steps as he returns from a shoulder injury as he will now take batting practice for a second consecutive day. Brantley remarked that his Monday batting practice session was "pain-free" and after taking another one Thursday, he appears to be nearing full strength. The Indians are still without a time-table for a rehab assignment but given the 29-year-old's marked progress, it should be just around the corner.

60DMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
3 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) took batting practice Monday for the first time since landing on the DL in mid-May, MLB.com reports. "I feel great. I was able to take BP pain-free, able to swing the bat like I normally do. It's a great feeling," Brantley said following his batting practice session.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians will wait and see how Brantley feels the next few days before deciding on their next course of action but he could be cleared for a rehab assignment by the All-Star break if things continue to progress.