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23 Michael Brantley LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 5/15/1987 | Birthplace: Bellevue, WA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $526,900 | Owned/Started%: 99/98 | Average Draft Position: 213.98
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Michael Brantley homers, drives in three Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Brantley drove in a run in the first inning with a double and did the same in the fifth with another double. He then swatted a solo home run in the seventh inning to provide his team with an insurance run they wouldn't need. Brantley, who has collected multiple hits in five straight games, owns a .328/.391/.529 line with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 329 at-bats.


American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Salvador Perez, Royals
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

Michael Brantley smacks 12th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Bradley drove in his first run on a third-inning groundout before slugging a solo home run in the fifth inning. He has enjoyed an excellent season statistically, hitting .325/.394/.524 with 12 home runs, 51 RBI and nine stolen bases in 286 at-bats.


Michael Brantley back in lineup for Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Indians top hitter and left fielder Michael Brantley was targeting a Saturday return from a mild concussion and has apparently nailed it. He is in the lineup for Game 2 of the series against visiting Detroit.

Brantley owns a nine-game hitting streak that has improved his stat line to .326/.393/.521. His 11 home runs are already a career-best.


Michael Brantley able to pinch hit Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to action Friday against the Tigers.

Brantley made a pinch hit appearance later in the game. With his team trailing in the ninth, Brantley worked a five-pitch at-bat before hitting a single to center. He advanced to second on defensive indifference, and was left stranded. Brantley has been dealing with a concussion, but is expected to return Saturday. The fact that he was used as a pinch hitter Friday bodes well for his chances of starting Saturday's game.


Michael Brantley hopes to be cleared Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley took part in a normal pregame routine Friday, as he continues to work his way back from a mild concussion.

Brantley will go through a normal pregame routine Saturday before being checked out by doctors one last time according to MLB.com. If he is cleared, he will be in the lineup against the Tigers, after missing four games as a result of the issue.


Michael Brantley to hit on field Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will hit on the field Friday, according to MLB.com.

Brantley is be re-evaluated following his on-field performance. If cleared, he would return to the lineup Saturday. Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519 over 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley remains out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Brantley is still recovering from a concussion. He's not expected to play until Saturday at the earliest. In 266 at-bats, Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519.


Michael Brantley sitting out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

As expected, Brantley will need more time to recover from a concussion. As of right now, the team will not place him on the seven-day concussion disabled list. There's a chance Brantley will return to action Saturday.

Over 266 at-bats, Brantley is hitting .323/.391/.519.


Michael Brantley has mild concussion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio that outfielder Michael Brantley has a mild concussion but might be able to avoid a trip to the 7-day disabled list and return Saturday. Brantley took a shot to the head Monday while sliding into second base, then was scratched Tuesday due to head and neck soreness.

He's hitting .323 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley scratched with concussion-like symptoms


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley's absence from the lineup Tuesday was due to concussion-like symptoms, but manager Terry Francona told MLB.com he hopes it will end up being just a precautionary move.

"He's going to go over for further testing, get some imaging [done], things like that," Francona said. "You have a head injury and you play and something happens, you're talking about something pretty serious. We're going to err on the side of caution."

Brantley passed all preliminary concussion tests following Monday's game, but started to feel symptoms while warming up Tuesday. He was sent to a local hospital for testing, and is day-to-day at this point. 


Michael Brantley scratched, undergoing testing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was initially announced as a starter Tuesday against the Angels, but was scratched from the lineup hours before first pitch due to head and neck soreness.

Brantley took a shot to the head Monday while sliding into second base, and is still dealing with the lingering effects.  He is at a local hospital undergoing testing, and is officially day to day at this point. 


Michael Brantley able to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley left Monday's game after taking a blow to the head while sliding into second base, but he was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Michael Brantley exits game after blow to head


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was removed from Monday's game against the Angels after taking a blow to the head on a slide into second base, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Brantley was removed for precautionary reasons, and the nature of the injury makes it likely he'll undergo concussion testing before being cleared to return to the field. After going 1 for 2 with an RBI Monday, Brantley has hit .323/.391/.519 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI and nine stolen bases in 266 at-bats.


Michael Brantley unstoppable right now


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley got two more hits Sunday, including his 11th homer. He's 14 of 26 (.538) with two homers and three doubles over his past seven games. Brantley will try to stay hot Monday in the opener of a four-game series against the Angels.

Michael Brantley slugs 10th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was part of a huge offensive night Monday, going 3 for 3 with two walks, one home run, one RBI and five runs scored in his team's 17-7 win over the Rangers.

Brantley hadn't homered since May 19 before blasting a solo shot in the fourth inning that'll be remembered as a footnote to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall's huge performance. The outfielder has hit .307/.373/.498 with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and eight stolen bases in 241 at-bats.


Michael Brantley stays hot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games after going 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Rockies. Brantley upped his average to .307/.370/.505 with 40 RBI in 212 at-bats.

Michael Brantley racks up four hits, two steals Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley caught fire Wednesday, going 4 for 7 with three RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in his team's 11-10 win over the Tigers.

Brantley knocked in two runs on a second-inning single and one more on a single in the 13th to tie the game at 10-10 before his team went on to win on a walkoff balk. He has hit .302/.370/.523 with nine home runs, 36 RBI and six stolen bases in 172 at-bats.


Michael Brantley sacrificing nothing to add power


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has emerged as a power hitter this season for the first time in his career, but not by changing his swing or approach. The result is that he appears destined to represent the team in the All-Star Game.

An injury to Jason Kipnis and lack of production from others in the lineup have forced Brantley to take over the third spot, but he has continued to thrive. His nine home runs this season is just one short of the career-high he set last season. He is also on pace for about 125 RBI - not bad considering his previous best was 73. He has also fanned just 16 times in 165 at-bats.

"It's fun to watch," Terry Francona told MLB.com when asked about Brantley's increased power numbers. "I think his base is stronger - his legs. As good hitter get to know themselves throughout the league, sometimes that evolves into more productiom. ... I don't think you see him selling out to hit home runs. It's just balls that maybe used to be doubles, he's starting to drive over the fence, which is great to see."

Brantley, who signed a four-year extension with the Indians in February, owns an impressive stat line of .291/.362/.515.


Michael Brantley smacks walkoff home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 with a walk and a walkoff home run in his team's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Tigers Monday.

Brantley came up with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the 10th inning and smacked a home run to right field to end the night for both teams. He has hit .292/.365/.522 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 161 at-bats.


Michael Brantley goes deep for eighth time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Left fielder Michael Brantley was one of the Indians' few bright spots in a 13-3 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Brantley went 2 for 3 with a solo homer, two walks, a run scored and two RBI.

He has a team-high eight homers and 32 RBIs and has raised his average to .287/.354/.497.


Michael Brantley back Friday after bad back had him out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has returned to the lineup after missing a game with a back ailment. He is set to start against Oakland.

Brantley has been the team's most consistently productive hitter this season. His .279/.340/.483 stat line is the best on a team struggling to score runs. He is on pace for about 120 RBI after establishing a career-high with 73 last year.


Michael Brantley expected back Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Though he was forced to sit out Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is not expected to be sidelined long due to a back injury.

Brantley was held out of the lineup Thursday, but manager Terry Francona told MLB.com it was more of a precautionary move. He expects Brantley to be back in the lineup Friday against the Athletics.

"He's doing really well," Francona said. "I just think since we're on turf, it's the last day of the trip, I'm not going to play him tonight. I think he'll be good to go tomorrow. He's going to take [batting practice]. He's already come out and thrown a little bit.


Michael Brantley out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup Thursday.

Brantley had to leave Wednesday's game due to a back injury. He'll need more time to recover. For now, Brantley is considered day-to-day with the injury. He's hitting .279/.340/.483 in 147 at-bats. 


Michael Brantley exits game with back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was removed from Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays due to back tightness, MLB.com reports.

Brantley was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored before departing. He has hit .279/.340/.483 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 147 at-bats. The Indians will likely update his status after the game.