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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Michael Brantley scratched, will be evaluated

By on 6/17/2014 10:00:00 PM

UPDATE: Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was a late scratch for Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels and will be sent to the Cleveland Clinic for evaluation, according to Steve Kinsella of Brantley was hit in the head during a play at second base in Monday night's game. Ryan Raburn will play left field and bat ninth.  Full story below.

Cleaveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has passed initial concussion tests, according to Alec Shirkey of and is not expected to miss much time, if any. Brantley was lifted in the fifth inning of Monday night's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels after he received a blow to the head while sliding into second base in the third inning (video below). Brantley, who is hitting .322/.390/.519 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, and 17 stolen bases, was named AL Player of the Week. He was replaced by Mike Aviles.

Brantley can be seen in the outfield looking a bit shaken in this video. The actual play is shown at about the two minute mark.

Brantley had reached base with an RBI single and slid into the second-base bag in an attempt to break up a double play. He collided with Angels shortstop John McDonald and appeared to have dinged his head. He was removed as a precaution.

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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