Michael Brantley Activated from 10-Day DL, Ankle Updates (8/9 – 9/30)
let’s try this again, shall we? today, on September 30, the Cleveland Indians activated Michael Brantley from the 10-Day DL. he spent 52 total days on the disabled list, missing 50 ballgames altogether. Michael is not in the starting lineup tonight versus the Chicago White Sox, but may come off the bench to pinch hit.
Michael sustained yet another right ankle sprain this season on August 8 during the game versus the Colorado Rockies. he was running over to center field to back up a play in the top of the 5th inning, when he suddenly started hopping and then just sat down on the grass until the trainer met him in the outfield. shortly after, Michael came out of the game, walking off the field under his own power, but he needed help going down the steps that lead into the clubhouse. an MRI revealed that his sprain was considered mild and the Indians placed him on the 10-Day DL on August 9. seeing that it took so long for his return, this sprain was clearly more severe than the initial “mild” diagnosis, which was not completely accurate (as you’ll learn when you scroll down into the September Updates).
this was Michael’s second stint on the DL this year because of that ankle, and third time that it has caused him to miss playing time in 2017. he first sprained his right ankle on May 7 but did not go on the disabled list, sitting out just three games from May 8-10 before returning. then he sprained it again in an early June series against the Kansas City Royals and continued to play through the soreness. he was eventually put on the DL on June 19, immediately following his three-day Paternity Leave. Michael came off the disabled list as soon as he could, on June 26. to read all about his DL updates from June 21-26, click here.
now let’s get into the daily updates from his most recent DL stay.