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Brantley to start year on DL; Naquin makes roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz.—  The Cleveland Indians announced on Sunday that Michael Brantley will start the season on the disabled list and Tyler Naquin will make the 25-man Opening Day roster.

Brantley underwent surgery in October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle. He has faced no setbacks in his rehab so far. In 90 games last season, Brantley had a .299 batting average with 52 RBIs, nine home runs, and 30 total extra-base hits.

Naquin played in 19 games for the Tribe last season, but spent most of the 2017 season down in Triple-A Columbus. He hit .298 with 51 RBIs.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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