Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will have season-ending surgery Monday, manager Terry Francona told the media on Saturday. Brantley has played a part in only 11 games this season, missing the rest of it with a mix of shoulder setbacks and, most recently, bicep tendinitis.
Terry Francona told reporters today that Michael Brantley will have season-ending surgery next week.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 13, 2016
Brantley originally injured his shoulder late last season diving on a ball against the Minnesota Twins and he has just never fully recovered. His timeline was originally sometime early in the season, but a setback pushed his 2016 debut back to April 25. His last game was on May 9.
In the few games he did play, Brantley was mostly ineffective for the Tribe. He slashed .231/.279/.282 (44 wRC+) with no home runs in 43 plate appearances.
The Indians outfield has managed well without him, however, thanks to the sudden emergence of rookie Tyler Naquin and Jose Ramirez filling in as one of the team's best hitters in left field for much of the season. The Indians also acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer at the deadline.