Cleveland Indians place OF Michael Brantley on DL with right ankle sprain
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain that he suffered in a 4-1 walk-off victory over the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field Tuesday night.
To fill Brantley’s spot on the roster, the Indians promoted infielder Erik Gonzalez from Triple-A Columbus.
In the fifth inning of the memorable walk-off win, Brantley went after a fly ball to center field, but instead of continuing to track the flight path, he pulled up from the pursuit, and sat down on the grass and waited for trainers to attend to his ailing ankle.
After an on-field examination, Brantley gingerly walked to the dugout and down the tunnel to the clubhouse and did not return to the game.
The latest injury comes at a time when Brantley, a two-time American League All-Star selection, had finally gotten his career back on track after he missed much of the last two seasons because of shoulder issues and surgeries.
Through 88 games this season for the American League Central Division-leading Indians, Brantley smacked 100 hits in 335 at-bats (.299 batting average), with 20 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 47 runs scored, 52 RBI and 34 total walks (31 conventional, three intentional) against 50 strikeouts.
Brantley stole 11 bases in 12 attempts and posted a .358 on-base percentage with a .445 slugging percentage and an .802 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Brantley earned his second trip to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July after a standout performance in the first half of the season.
Healthy for the first time in nearly three years after back-to-back injury-shortened seasons, Brantley returned to his All-Star form and smacked 69 hits in 228 at-bats (.303 batting average) with 15 doubles, five home runs, 31 runs batted in, 27 runs scored, 22 walks against 37 strikeouts and eight stolen bases over the first half of the year.
One of five players to represent the Indians at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, Brantley ranks fifth on the team in at-bats, runs scored and walks, third in hits and stolen bases, fourth in doubles and RBI, tied for fourth in triples and sixth in both home runs and batting average.
Brantley’s .299 batting average ranks 15th in the American League.