this morning, on July 3, it was announced in a press release on indians.com that Michael Brantley was transferred from the 15-Day DL to the 60-Day DL in order to make room for Abraham Almonte--who was just reinstated from the restricted list--on the 40-man roster. this was only a paper move and does not change anything per a tweet from Jordan Bastian. Terry Francona also commented, "there's no hidden flags there." Michael's new placement on the disabled list is still retroactive to May 9, and he's eligible for activation on July 9 according to Bastian's indians.com article. however, Michael is still a ways away from returning.
this all originated from the offseason right shoulder surgery Michael had on November 9, 2015 for a torn labrum. he's been doing everything he can to recover, rehab, and make a comeback, but has faced some obstacles along the way. he played two games in spring training with the Tribe before experiencing some shoulder soreness and was shut down for the rest of Cactus League play. he was later placed on the 15-Day DL prior to the start of the season. soon after the season opened, Michael was able to go out on a minor league rehab assignment with both the Columbus Clippers and Akron RubberDucks and was activated from the DL on April 25.
Michael played in a total of 11 games with the Indians before he began
dealing with shoulder fatigue and eventually had to be put on the 15-Day DL once again, this time with right shoulder inflammation. that move occurred on May 14, yet was backdated to May 9. since then, Michael has attempted to rest and build his hitting program back up, from hitting off a tee to taking soft toss/flip toss in the cage, but unfortunately has run into more problems. first, there were rumors that Michael was going to miss significant time (which i always thought were bogus). shortly following that, Michael was shut down for a bit because he received a cortisone shot for right biceps tendinitis. he's now currently back to hitting, though it's unclear just exactly what he's doing at this particular time.
we're only three days into July and i've already heard some [conflicting] updates about Michael this month. see for yourself:
July 1: during the radio broadcast of the Indians game, Jim
Rosenhaus told WTAM 1100 listeners that Michael advanced to overhand
batting practice today with good intensity and he had a good response.
Rosey reported that news from the Indians medical staff in his Novacare
Rehabilitation injury report.
July 2: the Indians are cautiously hopeful about Michael returning in the next few weeks according to Terry Pluto's
morning Terry's Talkin' article on cleveland.com. they believe they'll
have a much better idea about his comeback from shoulder surgery
during the All Star break (July 11-14).
then in the middle of the afternoon game, Rosey's
Novacare Rehabilitation injury report revealed that Indians assistant GM Derek
Falvey was on their road trip and remarked things are looking very
promising for Michael. he's taking full batting practice on the field
now and they're very encouraged by what they have seen in the last
couple of days. Michael's come through the batting practice activities
in good shape.
July 3: this is where some confusion sets in. Bastian tweeted that Michael is on target to advance to BP this week, and that he still needs to go through BP and a rehab assignment before he can be activated. also, in Bastian's
article on indians.com, Terry Francona expressed, "he's doing very
well" but that there's no firm timetable for his
on the contrary, during the Tribe game, Rosey repeated the same news from yesterday in his Novacare Rehabilitation injury report--that Falvey said Michael has been taking batting practice on the field.
either way, whether he's doing full BP or not, things are finally looking good for Michael and i believe we'll see him on a minor league rehab assignment after the All Star break.
for daily updates on Michael's progress, be sure you are following me on twitter @clevelandgirl23 because i tweet everything i hear/read and you don't want to miss out on any potential breaking news!
if you're interested in any of the past blogs i've written that contain more details about Michael's rehab progression, beginning with his surgery back in November 2015, you can browse through these:
Brantley Has Right Shoulder Surgery, Will Miss Start of 2016 Season
What Is Labral Tear Shoulder Surgery?
Brantley News From the 2015 Winter Meetings
Brantley Confirmed For Tribe Fest 2016 + Health Updates
Brantley News & Shoulder Rehab Progression Through January 2016
Brantley's February 2016 Shoulder Updates & Hitting Program News
Brantley's March 2016 Hitting Advancements (Soft Toss to ON THE FIELD BP!)
Brantley To Open Indians' 2016 Season On 15-Day DL
Brantley's 2016 Spring Training & In-Season Rehab Details
Brantley's 2016 Cactus League & Minor League Rehab #s
Brantley's April 2016 Updates
Brantley Placed on 15-Day DL with Right Shoulder Inflammation
Brantley's May 2016 Updates
Brantley's June 2016 Updates
BTW, this marks my 200th blog. thank you all for supporting me over the years and reading my writing! whether you're new and have only read this blog, or you've been here from the beginning and read all my blogs, or you just drop by occasionally and skim through certain topics of interest, thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to do so. i truly appreciate it. i have devoted a lot of time to gathering information and writing it all in a very descriptive and organized manner, and i hope you've enjoyed it. now here's to 200 more! lol