OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
2 weeks ago

Brantley (shoulder) began taking non-contact swings over the holiday break, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A September report shed doubt on Brantley's four-month timetable, suggesting he could miss significant time in 2017, but the Indians have been adamant that Brantley will be ready for spring training. He played in just 11 games last season before being shut back down and ultimately undergoing a second shoulder surgery. Brantley turns 30 in May.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
1 month ago

Brantley (shoulder) is expected to resume hitting after Christmas and remains on track to be ready for spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 2016 season proved to be quite a disappointment for Brantley, who appeared in only 11 games for the Indians after experiencing several setbacks in his return from shoulder surgery. The talented outfielder will make for an intriguing draft day gamble as he possesses the upside to be a potential league-winning player but comes with a fair amount of risk due to his recent injury history.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
2 months 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 CLE
4 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 CLE
5 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 CLE
5 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 CLE
5 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 CLE
5 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 CLE
5 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 CLE
5 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.