OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
1 month ago

The Indians are encouraged by Brantley's (ankle) progress in his rehab from right ankle surgery, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley underwent right ankle surgery in the middle of October and was initially given a recovery timetable of 4-5 months, leaving his status for the start spring training up in the air. While he's apparently making solid progress, the Indians won't know more until he's able to resume agility and running drills.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
2 months ago

Brantley (ankle) will remain with the Indians next year after the team decided to pick up his $12 million option for 2018, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley recently underwent ankle surgery a couple weeks ago, which could wind up causing him to miss the beginning of spring training, but it appears as though Cleveland isn't too worried about his status. The team elected to retain Brantley's services for another season, which will come after a rough couple of injury-plagued campaigns in 2016 and 2017. But although he only played in 90 regular-season games this past season, he did slash .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs and 52 RBI, giving the team confidence that if he can get healthy, the 30-year-old can be a weapon in 2018.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
3 months ago

Brantley will miss the next 4-to-5 months after undergoing right ankle surgery Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although Brantley appeared on the ALDS roster against the Yankees -- and recorded a decent amount of at-bats -- the outfield needed surgery to stabilize the ligaments in his ankle ahead of next season. This places him on a timetable to optimistically return to full baseball activities right around the start of spring training. Another hurdle in play in his club option for next season, with Cleveland needing to decide whether to pick up his $12 million for 2018, or buy him out for $1 million, which will have to be decided three days after the World Series concludes.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
3 months ago

Brantley is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees for Game 5 of the ALDS.

EDGE Analysis

With Edwin Encarnacion back in the lineup after missing a couple games due to an ankle injury, Brantley will occupy a spot on the bench as CC Sabathia takes the mound for New York. Brantley may enter the fray at some point during Wednesday's game, but it appears as though he will remain in a reserve role throughout the rest of the playoffs as long as the regulars stay healthy.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
3 months ago

Brantley is an option to start in left field for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley is going to partake in a workout during the team's off day Saturday, which will likely determine manager Terry Francona's lineup decision for Game 3 in New York. The outfielder has essentially been out since early August due to an ankle injury, although he was able to see some action during the final weekend of the regular season. Looking forward, there will be an update on his status following Saturday's workout session. He is available off the bench as a pinch hitter in the meantime.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
3 months ago

Brantley is not in the lineup against the Yankees on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley will remain on the bench for Game 2 of the ALDS while Austin Jackson draws the start in left field. There hasn't been any word on how manager Terry Francona plans to use Brantley, but it appears as though he will be deployed as a pinch hitter for the time being.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
3 months ago

Brantley is out of the lineup for Thursday's ALDS tilt with the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley was recently activated from the DL (ankle) on Saturday, and received a little time on the field in the last two regular-season games prior to the beginning of the playoffs. It's clear that the 30-year-old is still recovering from an injury that cost him 52 games dating back to Aug. 9, and is not completely ready to return to the lineup at this point. In his place, Lonnie Chisenhall will patrol left field and bat seventh in the order for Game 1 of the series.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
4 months ago

Brantley, who was activated from the DL on Saturday, is not in the lineup against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

He has been out since Aug. 8 with an ankle injury, but is apparently not quite ready to return to the starting nine. Brantley is presumably available off the bench, while Lonnie Chisenhall gets the start in left field.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
4 months ago

Brantley (ankle) was reinstated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Brantley will only have a few days to push for a spot on the ALDS playoff roster, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to take the field for either one of this weekend's contests, although the team is hoping to get him in there. The outfielder has been out since Aug. 8 while recovering from an ankle injury, and has only played in 88 games this season, to go along with just 11 in 2016. Over the 2017 campaign, Brantley has slashed .299/.358/.445 with nine home runs and 52 RBI.

OUTMichael Brantley
LF CLE
4 months ago

Brantley (ankle) was out running sprints prior to Cleveland's game against the Twins on Thursday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The club is still planning on inserting Brantley into one of this weekend's games, but that could be a tad optimistic since he has only tested the ankle a few times in recent days, following a shut down from all running activities on Sept. 20. The fact that he was able to make cuts during his running session is obviously a good sign, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to take the field this weekend, for the first time since early August.