Michael Brantley’s postseason availability in doubt after latest injury news


Michael Brantley’s status was updated by the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.  Brantley had a second opinion evaluation with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton in Vail, Colorado on Monday (9/19).  Dr. Clanton confirmed that Brantley is suffering from a deltoid ligament sprain along with right ankle synovitis.  He will remain shutdown from all running activity for an additional 7-10 days.  After that time he will be re-evaluated to determine if he can begin land based running.  He had been rehabbing and running on an anti-gravity treadmill.  Brantley left an August 8th game versus Colorado with an apparent lower leg injury and has not played since.  It was initially diagnosed as an ankle sprain.  This latest news puts Brantley’s postseason availability in doubt as he faces watching the playoffs from the bench for the second straight season.  This is a big blow for Brantley as he was having a fine comeback season making the American League All-Star team this season and batting .299 in 88 games.  The Indians are fortunate to have good outfield depth with the August addition of Jay Bruce.  Jason Kipnis has also recently been moved to the outfield playing centerfield in the absence of injured Bradley Zimmer.  The Indians will have a big decision to make this offseason as they hold a $12 million dollar team option on Brantley for 2018.  With his recent injury history and some nice young outfielders in Zimmer and Greg Allen on the rise it might be wise to let Brantley walk into free agency.

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