Michael Brantley Moved from Paternity List to 10-Day DL with Right Ankle Sprain
today, on June 19, the Cleveland Indians announced that Michael Brantley was removed from the Paternity List and placed on the 10-Day DL with a right ankle sprain, retroactive to June 16. he is eligible to return on June 26, as long as he receives clearance from the medical staff to get back to game action at that time. this is Michael’s first DL stint of the year.
Michael originally suffered a sprained right ankle in the game on May 7 against the Kansas City Royals. it occurred during his second at bat, when he ran to 1st base trying to beat out a grounder in the top of the 3rd inning. Michael was facing left-hander Danny Duffy with Carlos Santana at 1st base and 1 out in the scoreless game. after running the count full, he hit a little dribbler that bounced in front of home plate and didn’t get too far up the 3rd baseline. Duffy backed off as his catcher, Salvador Perez, ran to the ball on the infield grass and threw out Michael at 1st on a close play. (the full at bat can be seen at the 3:10 mark in this video on indians.com.) Michael went out to play left field for the bottom of the 3rd before he was subbed out defensively for the bottom of the 4th.
while not considered a serious sprain, Michael missed the entire series against the Toronto Blue Jays, from May 8-10, before he returned on May 12, following a Tribe off day on May 11. and no one spoke of any recurrent ankle issues for Michael until now.