Michael Brantley Surgery
We all love Michael Brantley. We love his bat, his arm, and his glove. And we’re concerned about his shoulder. Every fan knows Brantley injured his right (i.e, non-throwing) shoulder on September 22 while diving into the wall at Target Field and was limited to seven plate appearances for the remainder of the season. He progressed through a conservative rehab program, including batting practice, in October, but continued to have issues. An MRI showed a small tear in the labrum of his shoulder. He had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery this morning in Wilmington, Delaware to repair the tear. The prognosis is five to six months of rehab. Five months from today puts us at the 5th game of the 2016 season. It’s very likely Brantley won’t be starting on Opening Day. Yes, this stinks and greatly increases the need for the front office to make some upgrades in the outfield during the office season. Some possible names being bandied about include Gerardo Parra, Alejandro De Aza, Nori Aoki, Juan Uribe, Justin Morneau, Mike Napoli, and Will Venable.
Some Small Roster Moves
Left-handed pitchersT.J. House and Nick Hagadone are still around. The Indians activated both from the 60-day disabled list and re-signed pitcher Joe Colon to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. The Indians also out righted catcher Adam Moore, who elected to become a free agent. And if you somehow missed Vern’s post, the declined their option on Ryan Raburn, making him a free agent as well. The Tribe now has 37 players on its 40-man roster.