Michael Brantley’s Cactus League 2017 Rehab Details & #s
i’m going to do this similarly to how i did it a year ago, by splitting Michael’s Cactus League rehab information into two separate blogs so that there’s not an overwhelming amount of stuff in one huge post.
this first blog contains his daily rehab updates, quotes, pictures, and videos throughout the duration of Indians spring games. all of Michael’s hitting progressions are included here, as well as the specific details of Michael’s rehab game plate appearances and at bats. these updates cover the time period of February 25 – March 31 (due to a long spring training) and April 2.
Daily Rehab Updates (during the Indians’ Cactus League Games)
February 25: the Indians played in their first Cactus League exhibition game versus the Cincinnati Reds while Michael did not. during the game, Terry Francona did a live interview on air with FOX SportsTime Ohio’s Rick Manning and Matt Underwood. in short video from SportsTime Ohio‘s twitter, Tito declared, “if he’s healthy, there’s your #3 hitter and your left fielder.”
Cactus League Rehab Overview
spring training came early this year and lasted longer than some would have liked because of the World Baseball Classic, as i mentioned in the Indians Spring 2017 Recap blog. Cactus League games commenced for the Tribe on February 25 and spanned all the way to March 31. (that’s 36 games in 35 days. talk about overkill.) the plus side of this outstretched spring, however, was that it actually allowed Michael to go slowly in his rehab progressions and still get some playing time in with his teammates before camp broke.