Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 days ago

Brantley went 4-for-4 Saturday with two doubles, an RBI and his first stolen base of the season.

He accounted for half of the Indians' hits on the day. Brantley is now slashing .286/.324/.343 with three multi-hit performances in his last four games.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 1 week ago

Brantley (back) went 2-for-5 in Friday's loss to Minnesota. He had missed six of Cleveland's first eight games due to a back issue, including Wednesday's game.

It looks like a day off has him able to play, but he may continue to serve as the DH as he did Friday.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 1 week ago

Brantley (back) will serve as the designated hitter and bat third Friday against the Twins, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

After missing six of the team's first eight games to start the year due to a back issue, Brantley will slot back in to face right-hander Mike Pelfrey in the opener against Minnesota. Brantley is 1-for-10 with a walk in his career against Pelfrey. It's uncertain when he may be cleared to return to the field, but Brantley appears safe to deploy in all formats this weekend.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (back) was able to hit in the batting cage and do some work in the outfield prior to Wednesday's game, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Indians are optimistic that he'll be able to return Friday following the team's off day Thursday.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (back) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game again a the White Sox.

While Brantley will be held out again Wednesday, manager Terry Francona is encouraged by his progress, and the Indians are hoping that Brantley will be able to return to action following a team off day Thursday. Mike Aviles will start in left field for the Indians on Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

The Indians are optimistic that Brantley (back) will be able to return Friday, MLB.com reports. "I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said Tuesday. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction."

Brantley's missed five of the first seven games this season but appears to be avoiding a DL stint at this point. Look for the Indians to hold him out Wednesday in advance of the off day Thursday with an eye towards a Friday return.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Brantley will test his back in batting practice prior to Tuesday's game, but the team is set on not want to return their star player to action before he's ready. With Brantley owning just a 1-for-12 career mark against Hector Noesi, Wednesday's scheduled starter for Chicago, it would make sense if the Tribe held Brantley out at least through Thursday's off day.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (back) will take batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

The report did not indicate whether or not Brantley would be ready to go for Tuesday's game, but it did say it is possible he could be held out until the weekend with the Indians facing left-handers Tuesday and Wednesday in advance of a team off day Thursday. Those who are considering Brantley for fantasy purposes this week may not get a definitive answer on his status until sometime Tuesday, but the Indians want to get him back to 100 percent, so don't be surprised if he misses more game action this week.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.

Brantley left Friday's contest with what was referred to as a "stabbing" back pain, and has now missed back-to-back games a result. Consider the 2014 breakout player day-to-day until further notice, with Mike Aviles standing to gain reps in his stead. With a team off day on the schedule Monday, manager Terry Francona may just be taking a conservative approach.

Michael Brantley LF/CF CLE 2 weeks ago

Indians manager Terry Francona said Brantley felt a "stabbing" pain in his back late in Friday's game, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Further, Francona admitted he probably shouldn't have returned Brantley to action Friday, as the issue quickly resurfaced and Brantley is now back on the bench for Saturday's game. Apparently, the team has discussed a possible DL stint, but the consensus has been that it's unnecessary, even though the issue has bugged Brantley since the start of spring training. Mike Aviles is getting the start in left field Saturday.