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Indians OF Michael Brantley Hoping to Return For Good Following Current DL Stint

The Indians got good news yesterday with what looks to be a close return of pitcher Carlos Carrasco, and now are waiting on what’s going to happen next with former All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley.

Today Brantley spoke to the media prior to the Tribe’s 4:05pm start against the Baltimore Orioles, and stated right now there’s no timetable for his return.

“I want to be healthy each and every day and I have to play at a high level. This is the major leagues. You have to be at the best of your ability and the highest health-wise you can be,” Brantley said.

It’s been a tough comeback for Brantley, who hit .231 with no homers and 7 RBI in 11 games thus far for the Indians. He was placed back on the shelf on May 14th, and could come off the DL whenever he’s ready.

He got a shot in the injured shoulder two weeks ago, and said it’s a setback that hopefully will clear up quickly and he’ll be able to get back on the field. Right now it’s about rest and recovery for the outfielder.

“I rested, but I also did shoulder work and rehab and stability work, and just other exercises,” Brantley said. “Anything that’s going to help me get back on the field faster.”

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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