Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 7 hours ago

Brantley isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley had started four games in a row after being activated from the DL on Monday. He's off to a 2-for-17 start to the season, but some rustiness was probably expected after offseason shoulder surgery prevented him from taking part in spring training. This is likely just a day off for maintenance purposes, so look for Brantley to return to the lineup when the Tribe opens up their series Tuesday with the Tigers.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 4 days ago

Brantley went 1-for-3 with a walk, a steal and a run against the Twins on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After an 0-for-4 performance in his first start of the year, Brantley got started on filling the back of his baseball card in this one. If he can stay on the field moving forward, Brantley should be a lock for double-digit homers and steals, with a shot at joining the 20-20 club for the second time.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 5 days ago

Brantley is in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley was activated off the disabled list Monday but was held out of the starting lineup, so Tuesday will mark his first start of the season. He lined out as a pinch hitter Monday, but he'll man left field and bat clean up against Ricky Nolasco on Tuesday.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 6 days ago

Brantley was activated from the DL on Monday, but he's not in the starting lineup against Twins lefty Tommy Milone.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley is 2-for-10 in his career against Milone, but it's somewhat surprising that he is not in the lineup upon activation from the DL. The corresponding move for Brantley's return was to play Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day DL, however, so the Indians simply added Brantley as an available bench bat Monday with the plan of starting him Tuesday against Ricky Nolasco.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 6 days ago

Brantley (shoulder) has been activated from the 15-day DL for Monday's game against Minnesota.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He'll take the roster spot of Carlos Carrasco, who was placed on the DL on Monday as he's expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a hamstring strain. Brantley will likely slot back into the heart of the Cleveland order beginning with Monday's game at Target Field, where he initially injured his shoulder in September.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 1 week ago

Brantley (shoulder) will travel with the Indians to Minneapolis in advance of Monday's game against the Twins and could be activated from the disabled list in advance of the series, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It sounds like Brantley will meet with manager Terry Francona and will be evaluated Monday morning by team trainers, who will make the ultimate decision on whether the outfielder returns. Francona noted Sunday that Brantley could still be activated Monday even if he's unfit to resume everyday duties in the outfield right away, suggesting that he could receive a couple days off this week if cleared to play. Brantley's eventual return should result in Jose Ramirez serving more a utility infielder rather than seeing part-time duties in left field.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 1 week ago

Brantley (shoulder) could rejoin the Indians as soon as Monday if an evaluation Sunday goes well, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley is scheduled to play the second of consecutive games Saturday before being re-evaluated by the team's medical staff Sunday at which point he could be activated off the DL for Monday.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley is scheduled to play back-to-back games Friday and Saturday with Triple-A Columbus.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Playing back-to-back games is considered the last hurdle to overcome before returning to the Indians lineup, so given that the Indians felt confident enough to schedule it now is a very good sign. The schedule states that his location on Sunday is TBD, so things should become clearer following the second game of the back-to-back.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 2 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) worked out with the Indians on Tuesday and will continue his rehab at Double-A Akron on Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley still needs to get in consecutive games in order to clear the final hurdle in his rehab but that could come shortly if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

Michael Brantley LF/CF/DH CLE 2 weeks ago

The Indians are hopeful that Brantley will be able to play in consecutive games at some point this week which should clear him for a return date soon thereafter, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brantley's soonest activation would appear to be around Wednesday of this week but that's far from certain at this point as he's yet to see action in back-to-back days during his rehab thus far.