Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will be shut down from running activities for 7-10 days before being reevaluated, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. Brantley has been sidelined since August 8, when he suffered a season-ending deltoid ligament sprain in his ankle.
Brantley, 30, has been plagued by injuries over the past two years after appearing in more than 135 games each season from 2012 to 2015. The 2014 AL Silver Slugger was healthy for only 43 plate appearances last season while he dealt with reoccurring shoulder problems, producing an ugly slash line of .231/.279/.282.
Before officially landing on the disabled list on August 9, Brantley had started to look like his old self again at the plate. In 372 PAs this season, Brantley produced a .299/.358/.445 slash line to go along with 20 doubles and 11 stolen bases. Brantley's 108 OPS+ in 2017 is just a tad below his career mark of 113.
Brantley earned his second-career All-Star game selection this summer, and singled in the eighth inning off Rockies closer Greg Holland. While Brantley's season is finished, the 9-year veteran has a $12 million club option for 2018 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2019.