OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
1 month ago

Brantley (shoulder) is expected to resume baseball activities in December, and the team anticipates that he'll be ready for spring training.

EDGE Analysis

Some reports cropped up that Brantley might miss some of the 2017 season due to his current shoulder ailment, but the Indians are sticking with the expectation that his injury will be a thing of the past in a month or so. That being said, Brantley's status is one to keep an eye on over the offseason, as the rate at which he recovers could determine his availability in the beginning of the season, as well as his ability to play the outfield during the spring.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
2 months ago

Brantley, who had shoulder surgery a month ago, could miss significant time next season, Fanrag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per Heyman's report, Brantley's shoulder muscle was re-anchored to the bone -- a serious procedure that could cost him more time than initially believed. In response to Heyman's report, Brantley said, "maybe (Heyman) knows something I don't," according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. The Indians maintain that the expected recovery time is four months, which would mean Brantley would be ready for spring training. This is a murky situation that should continue to develop during the offseason, but those who own Brantley in keeper leagues should be aware that he may not be ready for Opening Day next year.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley underwent successful shoulder surgery Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery in four months, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley was already ruled out for the season, but this report confirms there were no surprises with his surgery. He faces a lengthy recovery timetable, but if things go as planned, he should be ready to take the field when spring training begins in February.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley visited with a doctor earlier in the week who confirmed he's dealing with a tear in his biceps. The hope was that rest would be enough to allow Brantley to heal to the point that he could play through the ailment toward the end of the season, but he'll now opt for surgery, ending his 2016 campaign after just 11 major league games. The 29-year-old will turn his attention toward rehabbing in advance of the 2017 season.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley's recent consultation with doctors confirmed the diagnosis of biceps tendinitis, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians plan on having a clearer path on the next steps for Brantley in the coming days but at this point things aren't trending in a positive direction. A return date when rosters expand in September appears to be the best case scenario at this point.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley has been diagnosed with a reoccurence of biceps tendinitis, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Tribe recently sent Brantley to New York for a follow-up exam after he reportedly hit a wall in his attempt to ramp up his rehab program. Brantley underwent a procedure last month to remove scar tissue from his surgically-repaired shoulder, and it's uncertain how long he'll remain shut down following this setback. At this point, it would be surprise if Brantley made it back before rosters expand, if at all this season.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley (shoulder) has again been stalled in his recovery attempts, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley had been making strides in what has been a long road to recovery following labrum surgery. Nonetheless, this new setback will certainly put his chances of returning this season in serious doubt. The 29-year-old has not played since May and remains without a definitive timetable.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley (shoulder) continues to be limited to taking swings in the batting cage but has been able to increase his volume of swings, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians are balancing the fact that they don't want to rush Brantley back versus the fact that the minor league seasons are coming to an end in a few weeks and his ability to head out on a rehab program to see some game action may be jeopardy as a result. He continues to make progress but until he advances further in his rehab it's hard to pinpoint a potential return date.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Brantley took some swings from a pitching machine Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a step in the right direction for Brantley who has had a tumultuous return from shoulder discomfort that's sidelined him since early May. There's likely to be an update on the 28-year-old's progress in the coming days after he sees how he feels following the hitting session.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF/CF/DH CLE
4 months 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.