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Indians’ Brantley out 10 Days with Arm Laceration

 

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The Cleveland Indians will be without the services of outfielder Michael Brantley for the next 10 days after he was spiked in the arm by Oakland’s Josh Donaldson in the third inning of the Indians’ 14-10 victory on Monday. Brantley left the game immediately following the injury and received stitches to close a laceration on his left arm. The Indians have shut Brantley down for the next three days and he will be eased back into workouts and drills over the next 10 days before returning to the game-day line-up.

The injury occurred as Brantley attempted to turn a sure-fire double into a triple on Monday when he noticed that his liner to centerfield had pulled Donaldson well off of the bag at third. Brantley rounded second and headed for third, and attempted a head first slide into the bag. As Brantley slid, Donaldson stepped on his left forearm as he attempted to cover the bag, and the resulting injury required 10 external and 5 internal stitches to close the wound.

Brantley is off to a hot start this spring, and left the game after going 5-6 in the Tribe’s first three exhibition games with four doubles and two RBIs. The injury is not expected to impact his ability to make the squad’s opening day roster as part of what should be one of the fastest outfields in all of baseball. With the signing of Michael Bourne to play center field, the Indians expect to shift offseason acquisition Drew Stubbs to right field and have Brantley play left field. All three men are centerfielders by trade and they should be able to cover a massive amount of ground in the Progressive Field outfield this season.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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