Michael Brantley’s August 2017 #s, DL Updates, & Season #s
ankle sprain, ankle sprain, ankle sprain. Michael’s had three in 2017 and the one he suffered this month has been the worst of all. case in point, he’s been on the 10-Day DL since August 9 and it looks like he won’t be rejoining the Indians on the field before mid-September. that mild sprain diagnosis certainly doesn’t seem very accurate now. (more information on this can be found in the DL Updates section of the blog a little further down.)
Michael missed out on a lot of stuff in August. he missed the chance to play in MLB’s Players Weekend and sport a jersey with his “Dr. Smooth” nickname on it, he missed some big divisional series games against Minnesota and Kansas City, and he did not get to face the Yankees in Yankee Stadium at the end of the month (a series in which i think he would have done quite well).
there were 28 games on the schedule this month and Michael didn’t even play a quarter of them.
okay, so maybe i was on to something when i wrote in the Brantley’s 2017 #s Through July blog that this year might need to be a “Just Get Through It” type of season for Michael Brantley. (if you haven’t seen it or would like to re-read my theory, it’s at the bottom of the post.) except, he’s hit a snag in that game plan due to his lingering right ankle sprain, of which the latest status can be found in the DL Updates section of my Brantley’s August 2017 #s blog.
Michael will be lucky if he even plays 100 games this year. i never thought that would be a possibility. in my preseason predictions blog, i assumed he’d acquire at least 125 games, and that was including some extra off days to give his right shoulder a break. i could never have anticipated that he’d miss so much time because his ankle would give out on him. i know it’s not his fault, but i can’t hide my disappointment in the situation, and i’m sure other fans feel the same. forget about Comeback Player of the Year now. at the moment, we just need him to come back, period.
since Michael barely played in August, his overall numbers have not changed very much in one month’s time, as you’re about to see. this blog contains Michael’s 2017 regular season numbers and statistics from April 3 – August 30.