According to Cleveland Indians beat reporter Jordan Bastian, outfielder Michael Brantley received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder today. Brantley has been diagnosed with a subacromial impingement (also known as "swimmer's shoulder"), and there is currently no timetable for his return.
The full statement from the Indians, via Bastian, can be seen below:
Update on OF Michael Brantley from Indians: pic.twitter.com/CvPZGz1sY1— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 17, 2016
From what my Google-foo can tell me, a subacromial impingement is essentially an "abnormality" in the rotator cuff that causes the bursa sac to rub up against the top bone of the shoulder at an awkward angle and causes pain.
This normally occurs in men and women in their 50's or 60's, or in swimmers -- hence the nickname, swimmer's shoulder. Here's a video of it if you are interested in a soothing British accent distracting you from the fact that Brantley could potentially be out for weeks:
Brantley played in just 11 games this season after returning from surgery on his torn labrum. In that time, he slashed .231/.279/.282 with no home runs. Jose Ramirez has been playing the most time in left field in his absence, and he will likely be doing the same with Brantley's newest trip to the disabled list.
The good news of all this is that Brantley will not require further surgery. We just have to hope that he recovers quickly, but is not rushed back prematurely.