It’s been a tough start for Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, and today the Indians shut him down, putting him on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
The move is retro to May 10th, meaning he can return as early as the Indians road game at Chicago against the White Sox on May 25th.
Brantley is hitting just .231 in 11 games. He’s had 39 plate appearances, with just nine hits, two doubles, no homers and 7 runs batted in.
With Brantley down, the team has purchased the contract of infielder Michael Martinez from AAA Columbus.
He’s hit .288 (30-104) with 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR and 12 RBI in 27 games (.351/.442/.793). He has also walked 9 times, scored 12 runs and stolen 2 bases while hitting .341 (15-44) with runners on base.
The team also transferred catcher Roberto Perez from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-day Disabled List.
Perez suffered an avulsion fracture on April 30 on a play at home plate in Philadelphia, and had surgery on the thumb.