Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will probably be sidelined for 10 days after getting spiked in the left forearm while sliding into third base on Monday, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Brantley was injured while sliding into the hot corner during an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. His arm was stepped on by third baseman Josh Donaldson and required 15 stitches - five internal and 10 external.
Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters today that Brantley "won't do anything for about three days." Cleveland wants to provide the outfielder with plenty of time to heal, and after he does he'll slowly return to activity. Francona believes 10 days is a "pretty good estimate."
More Indians: Brantley is day-to-day
Today, Brantley had his left forearm wrapped to his elbow and was wearing a split to immobilize the wound so as not to disturb the stitches. Prior to his injury, he was off to a great start this spring, going 5-for-6 with four doubles.
Brantley was the Indians' regular center fielder last season, but he'll move over to a corner spot with Michael Bourn now in the fold. The 25-year-old hit .288/.348/.402 with 37 doubles and six home runs over 609 plate appearances last season and owns a career batting line of .274/.329/.376.