On Saturday the Indians activated outfielder Michael Brantley from the disabled list. Brantley stated earlier this past week that his goal was to get in a game this weekend although he is not in the lineup for Saturday night’s game vs the White Sox. Brantley has been out since August 8th with a deltoid ligament sprain along with right ankle synovitis. He has been doing a lot of running in the outfield the past few days and has not experienced any discomfort or pain. During their series against the Angels Francona spoke of Brantley’s injury situation and availability for the postseason.
“We know what’s wrong,” said Francona, referring to the injury. “I just think he went for the second opinion and I think the opinion is let him have another week or so and then when he gets out of (the walking boot), try to ramp him up and see how it feels. I think there’s a feeling that maybe this will do it and he’ll feel good.
“We’ll see. As long as Michael keeps trying, we certainly are going to also keep trying.” “It’s always hard to see him go through this because he’s the heart and soul of our team, even when he’s not playing,” said Francona. “That’s how much he’s respected in the clubhouse and from the staff. That’s why, one, we want to look out for him and, two, we care about him. That’s why we just try to follow the doctor’s orders and just do the best we can.”
There is a good possibility he will be in the lineup for Sunday’s afternoons regular season finale. It remains to be seen whether or not Brantley has done enough to warrant a spot on the ALDS roster. He very well could continue strengthening himself during that series and join the roster for the ALCS if the Indians are fortunate enough to advance.