Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:22:09 -0800
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) continues to progress and is now hitting off of a tee, according to president Chris Antonetti.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:25:43 -0800
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (biceps, shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday, Nov. 7.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:56:37 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (biceps, shoulder) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and will miss the remainder of the season. He's expected to make a full recovery.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:33:37 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (biceps, shoulder) has been hitting in a batting cage over the past few days and believes he will still be able to make an impact on the team this season.
Fantasy Tip: Brantley probably is still a few weeks away from rejoining team but could return in September if he does not suffer a setback. Owners can keep holding onto Brantley if they have the roster space because he is a solid fantasy contributor when healthy.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:20:03 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (biceps, shoulder) underwent an outpatient procedure to remove scar tissue from his biceps tendon Friday, July 22. He will begin baseball activities next week.
Fantasy Tip: If you've stuck with Brantley to this point, there's no point jumping ship now. However, at this point, anything from the veteran should be viewed as a positive, unfortunately. When healthy, he's a five-category contributor, but he's been limited to just 11 games this year.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:17:08 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to have more tests on his shoulder Thursday, July 21, and the Indians don't expect an update on his status until Friday, July 22, at the earliest. He has played in only 11 games this year.
Fantasy Tip: It's looking more and more like Brantley may not play again this year, but let's wait to see the results of his latest tests to be sure. Because he can offer five-category production to his fantasy owners when healthy, he must remain stashed everywhere. Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin have benefited in Brantley's absence.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:11:38 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) is feeling more pain in his shoulder at the end of his swing, according to manager Terry Francona. Brantley will have an enhanced image Wednesday, July 20, at which time the Indians are hoping to have more information.
Fantasy Tip: Another setback for the talented outfielder has his fantasy owners shaking their heads. It's looking like another lost season, but there's still time to make a return before the end of the year. But he hasn't played since May 9. Continue stashing him because of his five-category ability, but your patience has to be running thin.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:22:51 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) had an off day Monday, July 18. He will meet with trainers to discuss the next steps in his recovery. There is no schedule in place until then.
Fantasy Tip: Brantley is still trying to get over the shoulder issues that have plagued him since having offseason surgery. Unfortunately, his owners will just have to continue to sit tight during this process, as he's far too talented to simply drop in fantasy. In the meantime, the likes of Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin will continue to benefit.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:32:18 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) had a single and double in three at-bats in a minor-league rehab game with Class A Lake County Wednesday, July 13.
Fantasy Tip: Brantley is in line for big numbers in the second half if he can finally stay healthy and finish out the season. If he is available off the waiver wire, the time to act is now. Tyler Naquin and Jose Ramirez figure to see a decrease in at-bats once Brantley is back and playing regularly.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:38:22 -0700
Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley (shoulder) went 1-for-2 in his first rehab game Monday, July 11, and he said his shoulder felt fine Tuesday, July 12.
Fantasy Tip: Once healthy and back in the majors, Brantley stands to have a solid second half and tip the scales across all five categories. When he returns, Tyler Naquin and Jose Ramirez are the likely candidates to see a cut in playing time. Stay tuned for updates and expect Brantley back in the heart of the Cleveland lineup sooner than later.