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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Michael Brantley has a concussion

By on 6/19/2014 09:00:00 AM

Although Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley passed initial concussion tests and stayed in the game after a blow to the head on Monday night (video here), he was scratched from Tuesday night's game when he experienced symptoms and was diagnosed with a mild concussion, according to Alex Shirkey of Because the concussion is less severe than what catcher Carlos Santana suffered in May, Brantley could avoid the 7-day concussion disabled list and be back on the field by Saturday. The AL Player of the Week is hitting .322/.390/.519 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.

From Shirkey's report,
"The way it was explained to me, it's the type of concussion that should go away faster," Cleveland skipper Terry Francona said. "And I think we're actually seeing that." Brantley played catch, hit off a tee and managed to get a workout in before Wednesday's game was postponed, mentioning that all his feedback from the team's medical staff has been positive to this point.

Brantley, 26, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 (7th round). He was the PTBNL in the July 2008 trade, in which the Brewers send Bradley, Rob Bryson (minors), Zach Jackson and Matt LaPorta to the Cleveland Indians for CC Sabathia. Brantley made his major-league debut on September 1, 2009. In February 2014 he signed a 4-year, $25 million contract through 2017 with a team option for 2018.

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