Michael Brantley is determined to get himself back in the lineup in time for the postseason. On Wednesday Brantley played in a simulated game and did some running in the outfield afterwards. His intention is to play in either Saturday or Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Brantley left an August 8th game with an ankle injury and has been out ever since. Tribe manager Terry Francona talked about the possibility of Brantley playing before the end of the regular season.
“Brant is working up to where, Thursday, Friday-ish, he’s going to try to get out there and we’ll see where he’s at and see if he’s able to get in a game and kinda go from there,” Francona said. “He’s definitely building towards that. We’re trying to give him every chance possible so we can make a good decision. He’ll be included in that.”
The 30-year old is hitting .299 on the season with nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 88 games (335 at-bats). The Indians are hoping Brantley can provide some help in the postseason even if it’s only a part time role.