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Plain Dealer 10 hours ago

Michael Brantley returns to Cleveland Indians lineup, but for how long?

Michael Brantley, dealing with a sore back, was in the Indians starting lineup for just the third time this season Friday night at Target Field.
Plain Dealer 14 hours ago

Michael Brantley back in Cleveland Indians lineup for Friday's game vs. Twins

Here are the Indians and Twins lineups for Friday night's game at Target Field.
Chronicle-Telegram Apr 14, 2015

Indians notes: Michael Brantley out of lineup again with bad back

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley still isn’t playing, and the Indians still aren’t willing to place the All-Star left fielder on the disabled list. Brantley, who has been battling lower-back issues since early into spring training,  was out of the lineup Tuesday for the fifth time in seven games to start the season, and likely won’t Read More...The post Indians notes: Michael Brantley out of lineup again with bad back appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for Lorain County News.
News-Herald Apr 14, 2015
Jim Ingraham: Michael Brantley's back problems hobbling team

Jim Ingraham: Michael Brantley's back problems hobbling team

Given they lost four of their first six games of the season, this is no time for the Indians to have to be playing without their two best position players.But that was the case April 14.Silver Slugger catcher Yan Gomes is on the disabled list, and Silver Slugger left fielder Michael Brantley probably should be.
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 14, 2015

Indians notebook: Michael Brantley not in Tuesday lineup manager Terry Francona hopes all-star outfielder can return soon from back injury

CLEVELAND: All-star outfielder Michael Brantley participated with the Indians in pre-game drills Tuesday, but was not in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to work through back spasms that have bothered him.Brantley took batting practice at Progressive Field, and could return to game action soon.“He did really well yesterday,” Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday afternoon. “He came out and worked out. He is going to go out with us and go through the full day today, and I think he is really trending in a good way.”Francona said doctors have looked at...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 14, 2015

Indians: Brantley not in Tuesday lineup, Francona hopes all-star returns soon

CLEVELAND: All-star outfielder Michael Brantley participated with the Indians in pre-game drills Tuesday, but was not in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox as he continues to work through back spasms that have bothered him. Brantley took batting practice and Indians manager Terry Francona said he is hopeful he can return to the lineup soon. “He did really well yesterday,” Francona said. “He came out and worked out. He is going to go out with us and go through the full day today, and I think he is really trending in a good way.” Francona said he is unsure when he will...

Tigers 8, Indians 5: Marla Ridenour's one last thing on Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley

The scene at Progressive Field on Sunday was sad, ironic and didn't bode well for the rest of the season. In a pre-game ceremony, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley received their 2014 Silver Slugger Awards. Gomes was on crutches, Brantley sidelined for the fourth game in five days with lower back stiffness. Catcher Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered Saturday. Gomes is the Indians' quarterback on the field and one of their best clubhouse leaders. He's the one who teaches the young players to put team-first, if a clubhouse...
News-Herald Apr 11, 2015
Jim Ingraham's baseball notes: Michael Brantley's back could become a problem for Cleveland Indians

Jim Ingraham's baseball notes: Michael Brantley's back could become a problem for Cleveland Indians

The first big drama of the Indians season has surfaced, and you might say it involves a fairly significant player.Michael Brantley was not in the starting lineup April 11 due to continuing problems with his back. Brantley played on opening night in Houston, sat out the last two games against the Astros, played opening day April 10 in Cleveland, then was out of the lineup again on April 11.
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 10, 2015

Indians notebook: Michael Brantley returns to lineup; Swisher still on the mend

CLEVELAND: Indians’ All-Star Michael Brantley started in left field in Friday’s 8-4 home-opening loss to the Detroit Tigers after lower back stiffness forced him to miss games Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon in Houston.Brantley enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, winning a Silver Slugger Award and finishing third in the American League MVP voting. He went 1-for-4 against the Tigers, with an RBI double in the sixth inning.Brantley wouldn’t say if he had an MRI after the Indians returned to Cleveland from their season-opening three-game road series.“Maybe. Maybe not,” Brantley...
Chronicle-Telegram Apr 10, 2015

Indians notes: Brantley back in lineup for home opener

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley was back in the lineup Friday after missing the final two games of the season-opening series at Houston, but lower-back stiffness could be problematic for last year’s American League MVP finalist. Brantley began dealing with back soreness during the early stages of spring training — a problem that lingered into the Read More...The post Indians notes: Brantley back in lineup for home opener appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for Lorain County...
Plain Dealer Apr 10, 2015

Michael Brantley returns to Cleveland Indians lineup; MRI shows back strain

Michael Brantley says he's taking steps with the training staff to monitor his lower back tightness so he can stay in the Indians lineup.

Indians' Michael Brantley returns to lineup after lower back stiffness

Indians' All-Star Michael Brantley will start in left field and bat second in Friday afternoon's home opener against the Detroit Tigers despite battling lower back stiffness that left his availability in question. Brantley was a late scratch from Wednesday night's game in Houston and also was held out of Thursday's series finale. Brantley enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, winning a Silver Slugger Award and finishing third in the American League MVP voting. I think it's pretty much like me and you, when your lower backs hurts and you tweak it, some days it grabs at you, Tribe manager...
Akron Beacon Journal Apr 9, 2015

Indians, Astros lineups, April 9; Michael Brantley out of the lineup again

The Indians and Astros are about to finish their three-game series Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is still out of the lineup with back stiffness. He will be evaluted when the team returns to Cleveland. He is considered day-to-day. Indians (1-1) Michael Bourn CF Jose Ramirez SS Jason Kipnis 2B Carlos Santana 1B Brandon Moss RF Yan Gomes DH David Murphy LF Lonnie Chisenhall 3B Roberto Perez C SP: RHP Trevor Bauer Astros (1-1) Jose Altuve 2B George Springer RF Luis Valbuena 3B Evan Gattis DH Chris Carter 1B Jed Lowrie SS Colby Rasmus...
Plain Dealer Apr 9, 2015

Michael Brantley not in Thursday's starting lineup; will be checked by doctors on Friday

Brantley, bothered by a stiff lower back, will be checked by doctors in Cleveland on Friday.
Plain Dealer Apr 9, 2015

Terry Francona hopeful Michael Brantley will play Thursday, though lower back issue has team 'perplexed'

Michael Brantley's lower back injury has both the left fielder and his manager perplexed. That's the term Terry Francona used to describe his feeling about the uncomfortable feeling that forced the All-Star out of Cleveland's lineup on Wednesday.

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