Sunday, July 10, 2016

Brantley's First Half 2016 #s (w/ DL Updates)

hello all! we have now officially reached the All Star break! even though teams have played more than 81 games--the true halfway mark in baseball--this is considered to be the "first half" of the season. so that means it's time for me to report Michael's first half numbers of 2016.

because Michael has not yet returned from the disabled list, he has not acquired any new statistics since the last blog i posted with his cumulative numbers. however, some sections here have still changed slightly. and you know me, i have to write this anyway to keep it on record for documentation purposes. that said, i understand if you don't want to read everything in this blog, but you should definitely check out the DL Updates section because there are some good ones!


so far in 2016, Michael has 43 plate appearances and 39 at bats in 11 games (89.1 innings). in total, he has 9 hits, 2 extra base hits, 7 singles, 2 doubles, 7 RBI, 1 sac fly, 5 runs, 3 walks, 1 intentional walk, 1 stolen base (3rd), 1 GIDP, 6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking), 1 first at bat hit, 11 total bases, 14 left on base, 18 putouts, and 1 assist.

1st Half 2016 batting average:
.231 (9-39)

OBP: .279

SLG: .282

OPS: .561


April BA: .118

May BA: .318

June BA: N/A

July BA (so far): N/A


Michael's .231 batting average does not rank among qualifying players on the team because he has not played enough to be a qualifier. Francisco Lindor led the Indians in the first half with his .306 batting average.


Quick Overview

it was not a kind first half of 2016 for Mr. Brantley. chances are if you blinked, then you missed the 11 games Michael played in this year. matter of fact, he played even less in this first half of the season than he did as a rookie back in 2010 when he was sent down to Columbus in mid-April and didn't return until the fourth of July. i mean, i knew he was going to miss some time early on as he continued to recover from offseason right shoulder surgery and do his rehab, but i never anticipated he wouldn't be back and rolling by the break.

to sum it up, Michael came off the DL on April 25 after seven minor league rehab games and played in 11 big league games up to May 9. following that, we heard his shoulder wasn't bouncing back like everyone had hoped and he was placed on the DL on May 14 with right shoulder inflammation. Michael was later diagnosed with a subacromial impingement on May 17 and received an anti-inflammatory injection. his rehabilitation was slow at first and he seemed to be doing well, but once he increased the volume and intensity of his hitting program, he developed right biceps tendinitis. the team was thorough, sending Michael for an MRI and second opinion, which resulted in a cortisone shot and five day shutdown period. after the five days passed, he quickly got back to hitting off a tee and doing soft toss. and now finally, over the past week, Michael has been taking full batting practice and is scheduled to start his minor league rehab assignment tomorrow [July 11].

when i initially heard that Michael had suffered a second shoulder setback, i was admittedly concerned at the time. but things are looking up now and optimism abounds. so get ready Brantley fans, because a return is coming!

if you're looking for every detail--and i do mean EVERY detail--of Michael's road to recovery so far, please refer back to these blogs:
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 #s
Brantley Placed on 15-Day DL with Right Shoulder Inflammation
Brantley's May 2016 #s & Updates
Brantley's June 2016 Updates
Brantley Transferred to 60-Day DL

otherwise, just read the next section of this blog for the most current updates from this month of July.


DL Updates (July 1-10)

a week has gone by since my last post and because more updates have come out about Michael's progress, i've decided to include the first half of July updates in this blog. normally i wouldn't incorporate that here; i would wait and put it in my July blog post. but i know people want up-to-the-minute Brantley information, so here it is lol

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: a morning press release posted on indians.com indicated Michael was transferred from the 15-Day DL to the 60-Day DL today to make room for Abraham Almonte--who was just reinstated from the restricted list--on the 40-man roster. it was only a paper move and did not change anything per Jordan Bastian's tweet. Michael's placement on the DL is still retroactive to May 9, and Bastian's indians.com article divulged he's now eligible for activation on July 9, though he's still a ways away from returning. i wrote a blog all about it here.

now this is where some confusion sets in. Bastian later 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's activated. in Bastian's article on indians.com, Terry Francona commented, "he's doing very well. there's no hidden flags there" regarding Michael's move to the 60-Day DL. furthermore, Tito conveyed there's no firm timetable for his return.

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.

July 4: an afternoon tweet from Bastian had Francona proclaiming that Michael will go through a normal pregame program, including batting practice, on Tuesday [July 5].

"we finally got our eyes on him today which is nice," Tito declared in a twitter video taken by Hayden Grove. "he's really excited. so tomorrow... he's got a little bit of a down day today. not 'down' but a little bit less, and tomorrow he's gonna go through a normal day--BP and everything. he's genuinely excited about where he's at. so i'm kinda looking forward to seeing this cause i think for a while there he was like cautiously optimistic, which i get, but i think right now he feels pretty good. this is, just the look on his face, it's good to see him feel like that." Francona also confirmed this was the most optimistic he's been "by far."

soon after, the Indians twitter account posted a photo of Michael signing autographs for fans during batting practice:

photo courtesy of @Indians on twitter

at night, in an article on cleveland.com, Zack Meisel quoted Michael as saying he feels "like a million bucks."

July 5: both Bastian and T.J. Zuppe took video from the press box of Michael taking batting practice on the field and posted them on twitter.

Bastian also tweeted a picture of Michael with his father, Mickey, who will be in town for "as long as it takes."

photo courtesy of @MLBastian on twitter

Mickey watched all of Michael's BP session from the railing of the Indians dugout, carefully studying his swing as Bastian's afternoon article on indians.com pointed out. he wasn't the only one watching though. some of Michael's teammates, trainers, and front office members were present as well. Michael hit line drives all over the field, including one over the right field wall.

"see that one?" Mickey asked. "look at that finish. he's feeling good. he's feeling strong." that was evidenced by Michael's follow-through, which looked back to normal and not cut off.

Michael, on the other hand, was unfazed. from Zuppe's cleveland.cbslocal.com article, he claimed, "it's BP. it's not real. i was more worried about contact, hitting good line drives. if the ball goes out, it goes out."

"i definitely sense [more optimism] with him," Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti asserted. "it was encouraging to get that directly from Michael, but yeah, i clearly sense from talking to him that he feels really good. he's feeling strong and--some of the things we've talked about--not only feeling healthy, but feeling strong and unrestricted. Michael's starting to feel that now and he's excited about where he is in the process."

Bastian and Zuppe also tweeted how Antonetti said he was very encouraged by Michael's BP session and that he felt genuine excitement about his progress. "it's a sign that he's continuing to make progress in his return."

"i was able to take BP pain free, able to swing the bat like i normally do," Michael expressed via Zuppe's twitter. "it's a great feeling."

Bastian's article had more from Dr. Smooth. "i feel normal. for the last week or so, i've been swinging the bat great in the cage. i've been itching to get back out here, but with the same swing i'm taking in the cage every day, transition that out to the field and BP outside. that's all we're doing different. it's very exciting how i feel right now.

"it's nice to have clarity. i still couldn't get over that final hump and you didn't know why. we finally figured it out, i believe. i feel great."

the Indians will monitor how Michael bounces back over the next few days before creating a possible schedule (for a rehab assignment). 

"i'm very excited where i'm at," Michael went on in Zuppe's article. "i wake up every day with a smile on my face because i know i get to go to work and do what i love. and i get to do it unrestricted right now. it's awesome."

as for his plan during the All Star break, Michael stated, "i had a long enough break. i'm not going anywhere. hopefully i'll be working somewhere, maybe getting games in, maybe not. but whatever i'm in at the time, i know i'll be getting some work done. no break for me. i had enough break."

with Michael making progress and the trade deadline now in less than a month, Antonetti was once again asked if he intends on looking for help through a trade. per Bastian's tweet, he replied, "there's no question that, if Michael's healthy, there is no bigger acquisition that we could make than getting a healthy Michael Brantley back. that goes without saying. but, what we'll continue to do is assess things and where they are week to week, day to day, as we get closer to the deadline. and, as Michael continues to make progress and provides us more information about how he's feeling and when he potentially could come back, we'll weigh that against what opportunities we may have to improve the team."

as expected, after Michael finished taking BP, there was a media circle around his locker. here is the Q&A i transcribed from Grove's video on scout.com.

how'd it go for him out there in batting practice? "it went very well."

what does he think the main difference between this time and last time is thus far? "i just know i'm stronger. i did a lot of rehab, a lot of strengthening exercises, and i know how i'm bouncing back every day, i know how my body feels. i'm in a great position, i feel great, i'm very excited to come back and help this team in a positive way."

does he think the biceps tendinitis was the thing that was causing the discomfort? "well i'm not a doctor, but that's what the doctor said and obviously with the injection that i received, all went really well. and again, i'm feeling great. i'm very excited. BP went great today. i couldn't be more happier than playing around in BP today."

when did he realize that his biceps... was it hurting this whole time or how did that develop? "i just couldn't get over the hump. i just knew there was something that was not... hindering me but i wasn't 100% yet. and i was real close and i just needed maybe a little bit of a boost to get over that hump and i got it. i'm 100% healthy right now, i bounce back great every day, and every day i get to come in and you know, almost be unrestricted baseball activities, so everything's doing real positive."

does he know what the next couple steps are involved? "i'm gonna keep hitting BP, getting ready to go on a rehab assignment somewhere and play some games."

what was it like watching the 14-game winning streak and just the way the team's been playing? is it bittersweet just cause he's not part of it? "nope, not at all," Michael shook his head smiling. "this is a team unit. i'm very excited every game they win and when they lose, i'm just as upset as they are and i didn't even play. but for them to put on that winning streak, take your hat off to them. it's not easy to do. this is a hard game to play and they did a phenomenal job and they're continuing to do a phenomenal job."

can he take BP again tomorrow or does he have to back off a little bit or where does that go? "i'm down tomorrow and then i'll be taking BP consistently after that, and then we'll go into games some time after that as long as all goes well."

when he went for the second opinion, the Indians seemed concerned that there might be a need for more surgery. did he feel the same way? "i did not. i know my body, i knew that there was something small, something that i maybe needed to get a little boost to help out but i didn't think that i'd require another surgery. i was getting back strong, and like i said before i just needed a little extra boost to get me over that hump and i believe i got it."

so he won't need another shot? "i hope not. i'm 'bout tired of those," Michael quipped. "no, but no. as i feel right now, i'm great. everything's going phenomenal. i'm very excited how i feel now and then i plan to wake up feeling great again tomorrow."

Tito said yesterday that he's kind of night and day this time and the last time the way that he views Michael in his confidence in his shoulder and everything. is that the right way to describe it? "i agree 100%. it's a different feeling. it's an exciting feeling as well as waking up normal every day, not having to stretch or not feeling fatigued the next day at all. it feels great to be almost back."

in addition, Paul Hoynes' article on cleveland.com included a video of Francona meeting with reporters. "i think Brant's really encouraged about where he's at. it's a nice step for him to get on the field, hitting everything. i think the good part is, and i think that's what i was trying to tell you guys this past week, once they diagnosed what was going on, he'd been working so hard with that shoulder, that he's pretty strong. so i think that was probably the best news we could have ever received when he got the diagnosis, got the shot, cleared it up, and now he can go about his business and return to action. and we'll see how long that takes. we need to still use good judgment cause he's been down a long time.

"...make sure he recovers, cause that's always been the biggest thing is his recovery. you're ramping up intensity and volume so you want to give him a chance to... and it's not just a down day, it just means he's not getting on the field."

July 6: towards the end of the Indians afternoon game, radio broadcaster Tom Hamilton started talking about Michael's day yesterday in the batting cage. then he disclosed that Francona doesn't feel Michael needs to be out on a rehab assignment for a long time because he's got such a simple swing and he's maintained his mechanics very well.

July 7: Bastian tweeted that Michael took BP on the field again and Francona verified he'll take BP again on Friday [July 8] (back-to-back days), but Tito's not ready to announce minor league rehab timing yet. "i don't think we've thought about announcing anything yet," Tito admitted in Zuppe's article on cleveland.cbslocal.com. "i think let's let him work a little bit longer here and we'll figure something out."

to see some of Michael's BP session, you can check out this video that was uploaded to indians.com, with in-game reporter Andre Knott discussing Michael's potential rehab with FOX SportsTime Ohio announcers Matt Underwood and Rick Manning during the game.

July 8: Michael took BP again--as evidenced in Grove's video--for the second day in a row and third time in four days. (a longer, albeit farther away video can be found on the cleveland.com youtube channel.) Bastian tweeted Michael's been feeling/recovering well and is scheduled to take BP again on Saturday [July 9] according to Francona, but there's still no word yet on minor league rehab. although, earlier Bastian did speculate that because he's been taking so much BP lately, a rehab assignment can't be too far off.

Meisel informed everyone in an article on cleveland.com that Michael's BP session was a popular event. an audience comprised of Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo, senior director of medical services Lonnie Soloff, head athletic trainer James Quinlan, his father Mickey Brantley, and teammates Francisco Lindor, Austin Adams, Mike Napoli, and Yan Gomes all watched Michael hit in the cage. Francona also clarified Michael will hit in some capacity on Saturday, but it might not be on the field.

an article by Zuppe on cleveland.cbslocal.com provided more information about the upcoming plan for Michael. "he did really well today," Tito exclaimed. "he'll probably hit again tomorrow. i don't know if he'll do it on the field or not. that might depend on what we do. but from talking to him, talking to the trainers, it went really well. he's doing good."

Zuppe also noted Michael's rehab assignment could come as soon as next week but Francona's not forcing the issue. "when he's ready to go do that, (the trainers) will let me know. me asking them isn't going to make it go any quicker, nor do i want to put him in that position. i know he's trying to get ready as quick as he can. i don't want to make him feel like (we're rushing him). that's not going to do any good."

July 9: Grove tweeted Michael was hitting BP on the field for the third straight day and that he plans to spend the All Star break in Cleveland getting ready. a little while later, Grove posted video of Michael in the cage on twitter at the same time that Bastian tweeted that the team will sit down with him Sunday [July 10] to formulate a plan for the break. lastly, Chris Assenheimer wrote in his article on chronicle.northcoastnow.com that Michael is expected to work out during the break and could begin a minor league rehab assignment to start the second half.

"obviously he's doing well," Francona publicized in Grove's article on scout.com. "we'll probably sit down probably tomorrow morning and talk a little bit about what to do over the break because it probably won't be much of a break for him. we'll kind of get more tomorrow. we'll probably have a little bit of an idea when i visit with you guys tomorrow what we're going to do next." Grove additionally surmised that if all goes well, Michael should be back before the beginning of August.

prior to Michael's BP session, Jason Kipnis recorded a video of Carlos Santana horsing around with Michael in the clubhouse and put it on his instagram. apparently Santana found some boxing gloves and, from what we can see, he decided to punch the lineup board while Michael tried to hold him back. then the board fell down, much like Michael's pants almost did lol Yan Gomes walked by in the beginning, probably thinking they were crazy. just don't hurt Michael's shoulder, Los!

July 10: when Tito met with the media in the morning, a blueprint for Michael's rehab had finally emerged. Bastian tweeted he will begin his rehab with Mahoning Valley on Monday [July 11] and play 5 innings, then he'll play with Lake County on Wednesday [July 13], and if all goes well, he'll play with Akron by the weekend.

Grove added in a tweet of his own that it appears as though, if all goes well, Michael will be back with the Indians before August. and afterwards, in his article on scout.com, Grove shared that the hope is Michael will be able to play in back-to-back games over the weekend with the RubberDucks.

"it gets kind of exciting that he's starting to play games," Francona professed in Bastian's article on indians.com. "i know sometimes you try to say things in a P.C. way--i get it. but we are excited. ...he's so strong right now that i think we kind of thought he'd feel better fast." be that as it may, there is still no firm timetable for his return.


you know, it's hard for me not to wonder... what if they had gone slower with Michael's rehabilitation the first time around back in February and stuck to the original plan where he wasn't going to be allowed to pick up a bat for four months (until March 9)? and what if Terry Francona had put Michael on more of an every other day/two days on, one day off type of schedule at the outset of his return? had they done that, and given Michael more downtime to really heal up that shoulder, then maybe his discomfort and all that came after it could have been avoided. but i guess it's too late to cry over spilled milk, or in this case, rushed rehab. let's just hope everything goes well upon his next DL activation and that he can play a decent amount of games in the upcoming second half of the year.


Team Leads and Career Highs

in the first half of 2016, Michael did not have any team leads.

however, he was tied for 2nd with 1 intentional walk.

Michael did not have any career highs in the first half.


League Rankings

as always, i only recognize the categories in which Michael has stats in the Top 10.

among left fielders in the American League, Michael ranked tied for 5th in intentional walks (1).


HR, RBI, K Rate, LOB, and Outs

in the first half of the season, Michael did not hit any home runs.

he had 7 RBI and left a total of 14 men on base.

Michael's K rate before the break in 2016 was 14.0% (6 K/43 PA). he averaged 1 strikeout for every 7.2 plate appearances.

also to this point, Michael had 11 groundouts, 5 flyouts, 7 lineouts, and 1 pop out compared to 6 strikeouts.


Situational Statistics

Michael had a hit in 6 of the 11 games he played in in the first half of 2016 and reached base safely in 7 games. he had 5 hitless games, but still reached base in 1 of those. Michael had 1 multi-hit game, 1 three+ hit game, and 1 multi-RBI game. he had at least 1 RBI in 5 games. in addition, he had 2 go-ahead hits and 2 go-ahead RBI. the Indians were 6-5 in games that Michael played in and 46-31 in the games he sat out/missed.

before the break, Michael bat .219 (7-for-32) against right-handed pitchers and .286 (2-for-7) against left-handed pitchers.

Michael hit .389 (7-for-18) with 6 RBI at home. he had 1 double (1 extra base hit) at Progressive Field, along with 4 runs, 2 walks, 1 GIDP, 2 strikeouts (1 looking, 1 swinging), and 8 total bases while playing 5 out of 42 total home games. he hit safely in 4 of the 5 home games he played in and safely reached base in all 5 of them. he had 1 hitless game at home, but still reached base in it.

on the road, Michael hit .095 (2-for-21) with 1 RBI away from Progressive Field. he had 1 double (1 extra base hit) on the road, along with 1 sac fly, 1 run, 1 walk (intentional), 1 stolen base (3rd), 4 strikeouts (2 swinging, 2 looking), and 3 total bases while playing 6 out of 46 total road games. he hit safely in 2 of the 6 road games he played in and safely reached base in 2 of them. he had 4 hitless games away from home, reaching base in none.

Michael bat .385 (5-for-13) with runners in scoring position, manufacturing 7 RBI in the first half. categorically, he hit 1.000 (1-for-1) with RISP and 0 outs, .429 (3-for-7) with RISP and 1 out, and .200 (1-for-5) with RISP and 2 outs.

with 2 outs in an inning, Michael only bat .154 (2-for-13). he had 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 walk (intentional), and 4 strikeouts (3 swinging, 1 looking).

additionally, he hit .333 (5-for-15) with 7 RBI with runners on base and did not come to bat at all with the bases loaded.

finally, Michael hit .167 (4-for-24) with the bases empty. he had 1 double and 4 strikeouts (2 swinging, 2 looking).

pre-break, Michael had a 0.0 fWAR (wins above replacement), a 43 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus--the ability to create runs compared to the league average), a 0.4 BsR (baserunning runs above average with stolen bases and caught stealings), and a 1.4 UZR (ultimate zone rating). these numbers do not rank among qualifying AL left fielders because Michael is not a qualifier. [these stats all came courtesy of fangraphs.com.]


Versus AL Central Division Teams

vs. the Detroit Tigers, Michael's batting .500 (6-for-12) in 3 games. (he missed 9 games/3 series against this team so far. he missed 3 games while on the 15-Day DL recovering from offseason right shoulder surgery/out on a minor league rehab assignment with the Columbus Clippers; he missed 3 games while on the 15-Day DL with right biceps tendinitis and was shut down from baseball activities due to the cortisone shot he'd recently received; and he missed 3 games while on the 60-Day DL with right biceps tendinitis, but had just started taking batting practice on the field.) he has 5 singles and 1 double, as well as 5 RBI, 2 runs, and 7 total bases while leaving 2 men on base. in the field, Michael's played 27 innings in left and recorded 5 putouts.

vs. the Kansas City Royals, Michael's batting .167 (1-for-6) in 2 games. (he missed 4 games in one series while on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation/a subacromial impingement and was hitting off a tee, and he missed 3 games in another series while on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation/a subacromial impingement and was doing soft toss. he had 1 scheduled off day.) his lone hit was a single, but he also has 1 RBI, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 1 total base. he's grounded into 1 double play, has 2 strikeouts (1 looking, 1 swinging), and stranded 3 runners. defensively, Michael's played 18 innings in left field, recording 3 putouts and acquiring 1 outfield assist.

vs. the Minnesota Twins, Michael's batting .125 (1-for-8) in 3 games. (he missed 1 game because of right shoulder fatigue and had an MRI, and he missed 2 games after just being put on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation.) he has 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 sac fly, 1 run, 1 walk (intentional), 1 stolen base (3rd), and 1 total base. he also has 2 strikeouts (1 swinging, 1 looking) and 4 left on base. in left field, he's played 18.1 innings and recorded 5 putouts. (he was a PH in 1 game, then played 1 inning in LF after a defensive switch.)

when the Indians played the Chicago White Sox, Michael was on the disabled list and has missed all 9 games/3 series so far against this team. he missed 2 games in the first series while on the 15-Day DL still recovering from offseason right shoulder surgery; he missed 4 games in the second series while on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation/a subacromial impingement and had just begun some light swinging; and he missed 3 games in the third series while on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation/a subacromial impingement and was doing soft toss.


Interleague Play

the Indians played a total of 13 games against National League teams in the first half of 2016 while Michael played in a mere two games. overall, he bat .111 (1-for-9) in Interleague Play.

when the Indians played the New York Mets at Progressive Field, Michael was on the 15-Day DL recovering from offseason right shoulder surgery/out on a minor league rehab assignment with the Akron RubberDucks. he missed all 3 games of their series.

vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park (no designated hitter allowed), Michael bat .111 (1-for-9) in 2 games. (he had 1 scheduled off day.) he had 1 double equaling 2 total bases. he also struck out twice (1 swinging, 1 looking) and stranded 4 runners. in the field, Michael played 18 innings in left and recorded 5 putouts.

when the Indians played the Cincinnati Reds at both Progressive Field and Great American Ball Park (no designated hitter allowed in the latter), Michael was on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation and a subacromial impingement, for which he received an anti-inflammatory shot. he missed all 4 games in the home-and-home set of series.

when the Indians played the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field (no designated hitter allowed), Michael was still on the 15-Day DL and had just resumed hitting activities after being shut down for five days with right biceps tendinitis. he missed all 3 games in this series.


In The Field

defensively, Michael had 18 putouts and 1 assist in the first half of the season. he only played in left field and boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.



now let's break down the numbers. i am going to document his 1st Half 2016 #s, the leadoff #s vs. the non-leadoff #s combined, the 3rd spot #s, the 4th spot #s, and the PH #s, as well as the left field #s, the BOP + left field #s, and overall outfield #s.


1st Half 2016 batting average: .231

OBP: .279

SLG: .282

OPS: .561


Michael played in 11 (of 88) games, 10 complete, before the All Star break.

he started and played left in 10 games, completing 10 of those games, appearing in 11 total. he was a defensive switch in 1 game for 1 inning after a PH appearance.

he came in to PH in the top of the 8th inning for 1 game.

Michael missed 77 games total due to the following reasons:

he missed 16 games because he was still on the 15-Day DL rehabbing from offseason right shoulder surgery/out on a minor league rehab assignment.

he missed 3 games because of shoulder fatigue.

he missed 37 games because he was on the 15-Day DL again with right shoulder inflammation/a subacromial impingement.

he missed 11 games because he was on the 15-Day DL with right biceps tendinitis.

he missed 8 games because he was on the 60-Day DL with right biceps tendinitis.

he had 2 scheduled off days.


Michael bat leadoff in 1 game. (PH)

Michael bat 3rd in 1 game.

Michael bat 4th in 9 games.


Michael played left field in 11 games. (10 complete, 1 defensive switch: 1 inning)

Michael was the PH in 1 game.

Michael played in 10 complete games.



in the 1st Half of 2016, Michael had a total of 43 plate appearances and 39 at bats. here is how he fared:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

7 RBI

1 sac fly

5 runs

3 walks

1 intentional walk

1 stolen base (3rd)

1 GIDP

6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking)

1 first at bat hit

11 total bases

14 left on base


18 putouts

1 assist

89.1 innings, 11 games

(10 complete games)

1st Half 2016 batting average: .231 (9-39) (11 games)


now let's break down his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup.


when Michael bat leadoff in the 1st Half, he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

2 left on base


1 inning, 1 game

1st Half 2016 batting average in the leadoff spot: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael bat leadoff and played left in the 1st Half, he had no plate appearances and no at bats in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

1 inning, 1 game

1st Half 2016 batting average in the leadoff spot while playing left: N/A (1 game)


when Michael bat leadoff, he was a PH in the 1st Half for 1 game. he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

2 left on base


1 game

1st Half 2016 batting average as a PH in the leadoff spot: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael came in to PH in the 1st Half, he had a total of 1 plate appearance and 1 at bat in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

2 left on base


1 game

1st Half 2016 batting average as a PH: .000 (0-1) (1 game)


when Michael bat everywhere other than leadoff in the 1st Half, he had a total of 42 plate appearances and 38 at bats in 10 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

7 RBI

1 sac fly

5 runs

3 walks

1 intentional walk

1 stolen base (3rd)

1 GIDP

6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking)

1 first at bat hit

11 total bases

12 left on base


18 putouts

1 assist

88.1 innings, 10 games

(10 complete games)

1st Half 2016 batting average everywhere other than leadoff: .237 (9-38) (10 games)
1st Half 2016 batting average everywhere other than leadoff while playing left: .237 (9-38) (10 games)


now let's break down the numbers when he was not leading off.


when Michael bat 3rd in the 1st Half, he had a total of 4 plate appearances and 4 at bats in 1 game. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

3 left on base


2 putouts

8 innings, 1 game

(1 complete game)

1st Half 2016 batting average in the 3rd spot: .000 (0-4) (1 game)
1st Half 2016 batting average in the 3rd spot while playing left: .000 (0-4) (1 game)


when Michael bat 4th in the 1st Half, he had a total of 38 plate appearances and 34 at bats in 9 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

7 RBI

1 sac fly

5 runs

3 walks

1 intentional walk

1 stolen base (3rd)

1 GIDP

6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking)

1 first at bat hit

11 total bases

9 left on base


16 putouts

1 assist

80.1 innings, 9 games

(9 complete games)

1st Half 2016 batting average in the 4th spot: .265 (9-34) (9 games)
1st Half 2016 batting average in the 4th spot while playing left: .265 (9-34) (9 games)


when Michael played the outfield in the 1st Half, he had a total of 42 plate appearances and 38 at bats in 11 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

7 RBI

1 sac fly

5 runs

3 walks

1 intentional walk

1 stolen base (3rd)

1 GIDP

6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking)

1 first at bat hit

11 total bases

12 left on base


18 putouts

1 assist

89.1 innings, 11 games

(10 complete games)

1st Half 2016 batting average while playing the outfield: .237 (9-38) (11 games)


now let's break down his numbers specific to where he played in the outfield.


when Michael played left in the 1st Half, he had a total of 42 plate appearances and 38 at bats in 11 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

7 RBI

1 sac fly

5 runs

3 walks

1 intentional walk

1 stolen base (3rd)

1 GIDP

6 strikeouts (3 swinging, 3 looking)

1 first at bat hit

11 total bases

12 left on base


18 putouts

1 assist

89.1 innings, 11 games

(10 complete games)

1st Half 2016 batting average while playing left: .237 (9-38) (11 games)



2016 #s so far while playing left: 18 putouts, 1 assist, 0 errors, 1.000 fielding percentage (89.1 innings, 11 games)

2016 #s so far while playing the outfield: 18 putouts, 1 assist, 0 errors, 1.000 fielding percentage (89.1 innings, 11 games)



now here are my game-by-game numbers and notes.

April 4: Indians Home Opener game postponed due to snow/rain & cold, to be made up April 5 at 1:10 pm.

Game 0/1, April 5: still on DL.

Game 0/2, April 6: still on DL.

April 7: game postponed, to be made up August 15 at 1:10 pm.

Game 0/3, April 8: still on DL.

Game 0/4, April 9: still on DL.

April 10: game postponed, to be made up May 23 at 5:10 pm in a traditional DH.

Game 0/5, April 12: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the Columbus Clippers.

Game 0/6, April 13: still on DL, scheduled off day.

Game 0/7, April 14: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the Akron RubberDucks.

Game 0/8, April 15: still on DL, scheduled off day.

Game 0/9, April 16: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the RubberDucks.

Game 0/10, April 17: still on DL, scheduled off day.

April 18: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the RubberDucks.

Game 0/11, April 19: still on DL, scheduled off day.

Game 0/12, April 20: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the RubberDucks.

Game 0/13, April 21: still on DL, scheduled off day.

Game 0/14, April 22: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the Clippers.

Game 0/15, April 23: still on DL, on a minor league rehab assignment with the Clippers.

Game 0/16, April 24: still on DL, scheduled off day.

**this is when Michael was activated from the DL, but he was not in the starting lineup.**

Game 1/17, April 25: 0-1. AVG: .000
[leadoff/PH-LF/8-GF]

^^Michael did not start this game, but came in to pinch hit in the top of the 8th inning. then he stayed in the game as a defensive switch for the bottom of the 8th and 9th innings. however, no out was recorded in the bottom of the 9th, so he technically only played 1 inning on the night.^^

Game 2/18, April 26: 0-4. AVG: .000
[4th/LF/CG8.1]

Game 3/19, April 27: 1-3, RBI sac fly/reached 2nd on fielding error, stolen base (3rd), run, single, intentional walk. AVG: .125
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game 4/20, April 29: 1-5, double. AVG: .154
[4th/LF/CG10]

Game 5/21, April 30: 0-4. AVG: .118
[3rd/LF/CG8]

Game /22, May 1: scheduled off day.

Game 6/23, May 3: 1-4, RBI single. AVG: .143
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game 7/24, May 4: 1-3, RBI single, run. AVG: .167
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game 8/25, May 5: 4-5, RBI single (first at bat), run, single, single, 2-run double. AVG: .276
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game 9/26, May 6: 0-2, walk (first plate appearance), walk, run. AVG: .258
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game /27, May 7: scheduled off day.

Game 10/28, May 8: 1-4, RBI single, run. AVG: .257
[4th/LF/CG9]

Game 11/29, May 9: 0-4. AVG: .231
[4th/LF/CG8]

Game /30, May 10: will get today and tomorrow off to rest, shoulder is not bouncing back in ideal fashion.

Game /31, May 11: planned rest day.

Game /32, May 13: still not in starting lineup.

Game /33, May 14: placed on 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation.

Game /34, May 15: still on DL.

Game /35, May 16: still on DL.

Game /36, May 17: still on DL.

Game /37, May 18: still on DL.

Game /38, May 19: still on DL.

Game /39, May 20: still on DL.

Game /40, May 21: still on DL.

Game /41, May 22: still on DL.

Game /42, May 23 (Game 1): still on DL.

Game /43, May 23 (Game 2): still on DL.

Game /44, May 24: still on DL.

Game /45, May 25: still on DL.

Game /46, May 27: still on DL.

Game /47, May 28: still on DL.

Game /48, May 29: still on DL.

Game /49, May 30: still on DL.

Game /50, May 31: still on DL.

Game /51, June 1: still on DL.

Game /52, June 2: still on DL.

Game /53, June 3: still on DL.

Game /54, June 4: still on DL.

Game /55, June 5: still on DL.

Game /56, June 6: still on DL.

Game /57, June 7: still on DL.

Game /58, June 8: still on DL.

Game /59, June 9: still on DL.

Game /60, June 10: still on DL.

Game /61, June 11: still on DL.

Game /62, June 12: still on DL.

Game /63, June 13: still on DL.

Game /64, June 14: still on DL.

Game /65, June 15: still on DL.

Game /66, June 17: still on DL.

Game /67, June 18: still on DL.

Game /68, June 19: still on DL.

Game /69, June 20: still on DL.

Game /70, June 21: still on DL.

Game /71, June 22: still on DL.

Game /72, June 24: still on DL.

Game /73, June 25: still on DL.

Game /74, June 26: still on DL.

Game /75, June 27: still on DL.

Game /76, June 28: still on DL.

Game /77, June 29: still on DL.

Game /78, June 30: still on DL.

Game /79, July 1: still on DL.

Game /80, July 2: still on DL.

Game /81, July 3: transferred to 60-Day DL.

Game /82, July 4: still on DL.

Game /83, July 5: still on DL.

Game /84, July 6: still on DL.

Game /85, July 7: still on DL.

Game /86, July 8: still on DL.

Game /87, July 9: still on DL.

Game /88, July 10: still on DL.



the Indians have now played 88 of 162 games, exactly like a year ago. the only difference is Michael played in just one-eighth of the Tribe's games. there are 74 left, but no way is Michael going to play in all of those. he first needs to complete a rehab assignment, which could easily hold him out of several games at the start of the second half. then once he returns, it's unknown how many games he'll actually be able to participate in during the final two months of the season. so all i can do at this point is wish him good luck in however many games he plays and hope he can put up some quality stats in that time. and who knows, maybe he'll get to play some games in October too... wink, wink. go Tribe and go Brant!

don't forget to follow me on twitter @clevelandgirl23 because i will be live tweeting Michael's rehab appearances this week! and, if you'd like, you can subscribe to my blog email list to receive email alerts whenever i post something new!

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