Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on Monday morning. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, will mean that he faces a timetable of 5-6 months to return.
Quinlan: Brantley might be ready for start of hitting progression by 16-week mark. Hope is rehab games by 5 months, MLB games by 6 months.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 9, 2015
Brantley, 28, injured his right shoulder in mid-September in a game in Minnesota while diving for a ball. He received a cortisone shot and once the Indians were eliminated from the postseason, was shut down for the remainder of the season. This will most likely mean that he will not be on the Indians’ Opening Day roster in April. Barring a much speedier recovery, Brantley will likely open the season on the disabled list and could miss all of April.
Brantley downplayed the shoulder injury at first saying that surgery wouldn’t be needed. Now the Indians will be without one of their All Stars for a good portion of next season.
This is tough news for the Indians organization to receive as Brantley is a franchise player and is coming off back-to-back seasons where he was one of the best outfielders in baseball.
In 2015, Brantley hit .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs, 84 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and an OPS of .859 in 137 games. He had a K/BB ratio of 51/60 while posting a WAR of 3.8. He was even better in 2014, however, as he posted a WAR of 6.1.
Following the season, Brantley underwent a rehab program with the team’s medical staff, but his injury didn’t go away. He was then referred to Dr. Craig Morgan who recommended and performed the surgery on Brantley.