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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%: 99/67 | Average Draft Position: 35.60
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Michael Brantley, David Murphy in Indians lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:36 am ET) 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.


Michael Brantley may return to Indians lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will miss his fifth game in a row on Saturday, due to back tightness, per Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. 

Brantley is expected to return to the Indians' lineup for Sunday's game. 


Indians outfielder Michael Brantley working on opposite-field power


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is battling off injury issues this spring. But, the outfielder is still working to get better. And listening to his father, reports MLB.com.

"Hitting it over the left fielder's head -- not always in front," Michael Brantley said. "Making sure that we're catching the ball still out front, but still staying through it so we could stay behind the ball and drive the ball to left-center and over the left fielder's head this year."

His dad, Mickey Brantley is now a hitting coach and continues to give his son advice. Brantley wants to continue to be aggressive at the plate.

"That's not going to change. It worked OK," Brantley said with a laugh. "I don't want to change things that work. There's no set way of going about it, but you've got to be aggressive in this game. The pitching is getting too good to not be aggressive anymore."


Francona: Indians taking no chances with Brantley, out a few more days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday the team is taking no chances with outfielder Michael Brantley, who still had back soreness Friday, per MLB.com. Francona said Brantley is likely to miss a few more spring games and has no specific game in mind for his return.

Brantley, who is coming off a breakout season in 2014, is batting .321 (9 for 28) with one double, two runs, two RBI, two walks and three strikeouts in 10 spring games.


Indians' Michael Brantley will miss a few days with back stiffness


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is suffering from tightness in his back, manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com.

The back issue is expected to sideline Brantley for a few days.


Michael Brantley returns to Indians' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Outfielder Michael Brantley returned to the Indians' lineup on Tuesday, returning from an illness that kept him out over the weekend. 

Brantley started in left field and batted third. He grounded out, flew out and walked at the plate and made two putouts in the field, before leaving at the start of the seventh. 


Michael Brantley and Cody Anderson scratched from Indians game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) The Indians continue to battle a stomach bug that's spreading through the locker room. 

On Sunday, outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Cody Anderson were scratched after being laid up with flu-like symptoms. 

Meanwhile, Brandon Moss, who missed the last two games with illness, returned to the Indians lineup on Sunday. Moss was fourth in the Indians' lineup, playing right field. 


Indians OF Michael Brantley goes hitless in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (back) went 0 for 3 in his spring debut Thursday against the Reds.

Manager Terry Francona said Monday that Brantley was expected to make his debut Thursday, and the outfielder was able to play after dealing with a sore lower back earlier this spring. He hit .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 611 at-bats last season.


Francona provides updates on Brantley, Kipnis, Moss, Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday outfielder Michael Brantley (back) will likely make his spring debut Thursday against the Reds, per MLB.com. He added second baseman Jason Kipnis (hand) might not be far behind.

Francona also said Brandon Moss (hip) might be slightly ahead of a mid-March estimate to make his spring debut. However, the mid-March timetable for Nick Swisher (knees) hasn't changed.


Indians' Francona disagrees with metrics on Brantley's defense


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was ranked 13th in FanGraphs' overall defensive rating out of 15 players who logged at least 800 innings in left field in 2014, a ranking manager Terry Francona "can't understand," Cleveland.com reports.

"For the life of me, I can't understand it," Francona said. "I really don't. That's something that perplexes me to no end. He is one of the better left fielders in the game. I don't get it. I don't know if I ever will."

Brantley was one of three finalists for the American League Golden Glove Award last year for his position despite finishing the season with a minus-6.3 UZR/150. His minus-10.4 overall defensive rating marked his second season with a mark worse than minus-10 in the category.

"I think the [advanced] stats are deceiving," Francona said. "We see him every time. We see Brantley for 162 games and he does it over and over and over and over and over. He's so consistent and his arm is such a factor. I don't know where they came up with that. I don't care."

Brantley committed just one error in 2014 while racking up a career-high 12 outfield assists. He also delivered his finest season at the plate, hitting .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 611 at-bats.


Indians OF Michael Brantley not sprinting due to sore back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was unable to take part in sprinting drills on Tuesday with a sore lower back, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Brantley is coming off a breakout season where he slashed .327/.385/.506 with 20 homers and 97 RBI over 611 at-bats. At this point, it remains to be seen when the 27-year-old will resume sprinting drills.

Indians OF Michael Brantley adjusts offseason workouts for 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley told reporters on Thursday that he changed his offseason workouts in order to be fully ready for full-squad reporting day on Feb. 22, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Brantley was named to the All-Star team for the first time, and finished third in MVP voting last season. He slashed .327/.385/.506 with 20 homers and 97 RBI over 611 at-bats.

"I have never trained this hard in my life so I can't wait to see how it works out this year," Brantley said. "I was working out five-six days a week, three hours a day. I have an itch to start this year and [I’m] excited about it.

"I revamped everything. I feel like I can get better and stronger. I've been working on base-stealing."