As much as I would like to pretend yesterday never happened, it did. Michael Brantley will miss anywhere from 5-6 months after undergoing shoulder surgery, and everything is awful. Naturally, Cleveland Indians blogs around the web reacted to the news. And I guess some other things happened in baseball too.
- Cleveland Indians Should Consider Free Agent Nori Aoki For Outfield Help | Wahoo's on First
One of the more direct solutions for dealing with the depleted Indians outfield comes from Katrina Putnam at Wahoo's on First. She suggests the Indians pursue free agent Nori Aoki this offseason. The San Francisco Giants declined his $5.5 million option last week.
Brantley has shoulder surgery; 5-6 months to recover | MLB
More detailed information on Brantley's injury, and what it means for the Indians, Jordan Bastian.
Cleveland Indians preparing to play 'part of April' without Michael Brantley | Cleveland
"Part of April" seems rather optimistic at this point, to be honest.
There's a catch to new Indians GM's family tradition | Fox Sports
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal wrote a touching piece about Indians new general manager Mike Chernoff and his tradition of playing catch with his 63-year-old father. Light on baseball insider analysis, heavy on the tear-jerking.
Around the league
Albert Pujols Undergoes Foot Surgery | MLB Trade Rumors
The Indians are not the only team with a superstar going under the knife last night. Although unlike Brantley, Albert Pujols will be back in time for Spring Training.
Twins submit $12.85M bid for right to negotiate with Byung Ho Park | ESPN
Raise your hand if you wanted the Minnesota Twins to get better next year. Now put your hand down and leave, please.
Byung-Ho Park has the sweetest bat flip ever | Gfycat
Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman among newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot | ESPN
The 2016 Hall of Fame ballot was revealed and it features a couple of players who should easily be first ballot Hall of Famers. There are very few non-Indians players that make me want to make the trip to Cooperstown to see an induction ceremony, but Griffey is certainly one of them.