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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: 7 | Salary: $526,900 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 35.70
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Nick Swisher, Ryan Raburn not in Indians' lineup for Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Both Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn are not in the Indians' lineup for Saturday, as Michael Brantley will start in left field and bat third and David Murphy will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup.

Rayburn, a utility outfielder, suffered a bruised knee in Friday's game while Swisher returned from the disabled list in early May and had DH'd in eight of the Indians' 10 games before Saturday.

Indians' Walters, Raburn take over for Bourn, Chisenhall Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall were not included in the starting lineup Friday night against left-hander Bruce Chen and the Rangers, per the team's official website.

Bourn is a .200 hitter (8 for 40) this season against southpaws. Chisenhall has fared better against left-handers, slashing .256/.326/.308 on the year. Manager Terry Francona inserted Zach Walters at third. Michael Brantley shifted to center field, with Ryan Raburn in the left field and at the cleanup spot.


Indians LF Michael Brantley blasts off in Thursday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Indians top hitter Michael Brantley couldn't produce with runners in scoring position in a defeat of St. Louis on Wednesday, but he came through with the bases empty Thursday.

Brantley broke a scoreless tie to lead off the sixth by blasting one off Michael Wacha over the right-field fence. He now has four home runs and a fine slash line of .330/.403/.528.


Michael Brantley goes 2 for 4 in Indians' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. He doubled, walked once, scored and drove in a run. 

Brantley is now hitting .347, and is carrying an 11-game hit streak. He hit his ninth double and drove in his 17th run. 


Indians CF Michael Bourn not starting Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday. There is no mention of an injury or other issue here, so it looks like manager Terry Francona is just giving the struggling Bourn a day off. Bourn has actually seen his batting average rise to .218, as he is currently riding a very modest three-game hit streak.

Michael Brantley is moving over to center field, while David Murphy handles left field. Brandon Moss returns to the starting lineup after being rested on Sunday. He will bat fourth and play right field.


Indians' Michael Brantley slugs third home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 9-3 loss to the Twins Friday.

Brantley hit a shot to center field in the eighth inning, but with his team down 8-2 by the team he came to the plate, his homer didn't affect the final result. In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, Brantley owns a .337/.400/.535 line with three home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 86 at-bats.


Indians OF Michael Brantley goes deep in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley homered and extended his modest hitting streak to five games during Tuesday's 5-3 defeat to Kansas City.

Brantley took Kansas City starter Jason Vargas deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame. He reached base twice and finished 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Over his last 11 games, Brantley is hitting .441 (19 for 43) with eight extra base hits, 10 RBI and six walks.


Indians center fielder Michael Bourn out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley shifting to center and Ryan Raburn moving taking over in left field, according to MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona indicated Bourn will be held out of the lineup for the forseeable future against left-handed pitchers.

"I talked to Bourny today a little bit about it," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "And this is just in the near future, because we really want Bourny to be our center fielder, but it's been a struggle for him against lefties."

It will be Brantley's first start in center field this season after drawing 44 starts there in 2014. The Indians are currently the underdogs (+110) against Kansas City.


Indians OF Michael Brantley batting .381 since return from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had a two-RBI single and double during a 10-7 win Sunday vs. Toronto. He also had two runs and two walks.

Brantley has hit safely in four straight games and has at least one RBI in four straight games as well.

Since returning from a back injury April 17 -- which kept him out six of seven games from April 8-15 -- Brantley is batting .381 (24 for 63) with one home run, seven doubles, nine runs, 11 RBI, seven walks and three stolen bases in 16 games.


Indians LF Michael Brantley hits first home run of season on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in Friday night's victory over the Blue Jays. Brantley also singled and scored twice on the evening. Brantley's fourth-inning bomb broke a 4-4 tie, and the Indians went on to win 9-4.

This was Brantley's first home run of the year, after hitting 20 last season. However, Brantley is still hitting well, with a slash line of .455/.486/.697 over his last eight games. 


Michael Brantley goes 4 for 4 in Indians loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 4 for 4 in Saturday's loss to Detroit. 

Brantley doubled twice and drove in Cleveland's only run of the game. He's now hitting .359, 73 points higher than he started the day. Brantley has four doubles and six RBI. 

"It feels good," Brantley said to MLB.com. "You always want to contribute and do the best that you can for your team each and every day. I'll continue to work hard and keep pushing the guys like they are pushing me and we're going to be fine."


Michael Brantley, David Murphy in Indians lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Michael Brantley starts his second straight game in left field for the Indians, on Sunday. Brantley, who battled injury earlier in the month, is hitting third in the Indians' lineup. 

David Murphy gets his third straight start at three different positions. After playing left and right field the last two days, Murphy gets the start at DH, batting sixth.


Indians LF Michael Brantley (back) returns Friday with two hits


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (back) returned to the lineup on Friday after missing four games with a bad back, going 2 for 5 as the designated hitter.

Brantley had been out since April 10 with a back injury.

Indians' Michael Brantley (back) makes return as DH on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Twins after missing four starts due to a back injury. However, Brantley returned as the DH on Friday, with David Murphy getting the start in left field.

Mike Pelfrey is on the hill Friday for Minnesota. Brantley is batting just .100 (1 for 10) with one walk in his career against the right-hander.

The Indians are favored (-135) in Friday's game, per VegasInsider.com.


Indians' Michael Brantley misses fourth straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) As expected, Indians outfielder Michael Brantley missed a fourth straight start Wednesday against the White Sox due to a back injury. Mike Aviles started in left field Wednesday after Jerry Sands started in Brantley's absence the previous two days.

The Indians are considered favorites (-135) for Wednesday's game.


Indians' Michael Brantley (back) unlikely to play Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is unlikely to play Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox, FOX Sports Ohio reports.

"I think he's really trending in a good way," manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. "If you see him playing tomorrow, he's perfect. Because, with the day off [Thursday], we want to make sure we get him going in the right direction and keep him going in the right direction."

Brantley, who is dealing with a back injury, is going through a full workout Tuesday. It's possible he'll be ready to return after Thursday's off day. The outfielder has played in just two games, going 1 for 8 at the plate.


Indians' Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall are out of the starting lineup Tuesday, but are available to come off the bench, the team announced.

Brantley, who is dealing with a back injury, has played just two games this season while battling the injury. Jerry Sands will fill in for Brantley in left field. Chisenhall has started all six games for Cleveland at third so far this season and will get the day off. He will be replaced by Mike Aviles, who will bat second.

The Indians are currently the favorites (-127) over the White Sox.


Report: Indians' Michael Brantley might be held out until weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley could be out with a back injury until at least the weekend, reports FOX Sports. 

Brantley, who has played just once since Opening Day due to lingering back issues, will take batting practice Tuesday. However, with Cleveland slated to face lefties Tuesday and Wednesday, and with an off-day Thursday, Brantley could be held out until Friday at Minnesota. 

The Indians are trying to get Brantley back to 100 percent, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.


Indians' Michael Brantley not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

Brantley has dealt with back issues over the first week of the season. Manager Terry Francona said the outfielder is feeling a little better Sunday and the hope is that he'll be able to return to action Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Jerry Sands will get the start in left field for the Indians.

The Indians are favorites (-110) against the Tigers Sunday.


Indians' Francona: DL stint not needed for OF Michael Brantley


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was not included in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against Detroit, per FOX Sports Ohio.

Brantley returned from a two-game absence due to lower back stiffness on Friday, but revealed that he's still experiencing some discomfort. Manager Terry Francona also added on Friday that he would give Brantley some occasional days of rest moving forward. On Saturday Francona revealed that both sides have discussed about a possible stint on the disabled list, but "no one thinks it's needed," per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"He wants to play so bad," Francona said. "I just think we need to let this thing settle down, whether that's today, today and tomorrow, we'll see."

With Brantley sidelined, the Indians will have Ryan Raburn at DH, Mike Aviles in left field, and Jerry Sands in right field.


Michael Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup, batting third


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the starting lineup and is batting third, behind Jason Kipnis and ahead of Carlos Santana on Friday against the Tigers, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Brantley was sidelined the previous two games with lower back stiffness. He has been held without a hit in four at-bats this season.

Manager Terry Francona told reporters he may sprinkle in some off days for Brantley in the near future after the outfielder acknowledged he's still experiencing some lower back discomfort, per MLB.com.

"We'll keep an eye on him," Francona said. "If he needs a day off or something, we can certainly do that. But we don't ever want to turn something that could be a day or two into two weeks. But it's nice having him in the lineup, that's for sure."


Indians OF Michael Brantley (back) sidelined again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Indians All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley missed a second straight start Thursday against the Astros due to a back injury. David Murphy started in left field Thursday after Mike Aviles drew the start in Brantley's absence Wednesday.

Brantley, who was hitless in four at-bats during his season debut Monday, will be evaluated by the doctors in Cleveland on Friday.

"He's a little stiff," Francona said, per Cleveland.com. "We'll try to stay away from him [Thursday] and get him looked at [Friday] morning, just to get a little more clarity. The doctors who have all looked at him think they have a bead on it, but it just keeps acting up on him. Hopefully the more information we get, the better feel we have and we can get him back out there playing."

Brantley has been plagued by back issues since arriving for spring training in mid-February. He was excused from some drills early in camp and missed some spring games due to his back problems.

Francona added Brantley "felt great" Wednesday before his back tightened up on him.


Indians' Francona 'hopeful' Michael Brantley returns Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that he's "hopeful" outfielder Michael Brantley, who was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with a back injury, will return to the lineup Thursday but that he's uncertain of Brantley's availability, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

"If he doesn't," Francona said, "I'd rather it be a day or two than a week or two. He's battled this on and off all spring. We just want to get a handle on it."

Brantley also dealt with back issues this spring and was able to play in Monday's season opener, going 0 for 4 at the plate.

"The doctors have looked at him and I don't think there's any real concern structurally, but it hurts," Francona said. "We'll see how he feels [Thursday] and we'll certainly get him looked at when he gets home."

The Indians head to Cleveland Friday to open a weekend series against the Tigers.


Indians' Michael Brantley scratched with lower back stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to lower back stiffness, the team announced.

Brantley also dealt with back issues late in spring training. He went 0 for 4 on Opening Day. With Brantley sidelined, Mike Aviles will play left field and bat ninth.


Indians OF Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the White Sox.

Brantley missed a few days due to back tightness. He's 9 for 28 with one double and two walks this spring.