Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Indians star on DL to rest surgically repaired shoulder

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley's right shoulder needs more rest.

Still bothered by soreness and fatigue in his surgically repaired shoulder, Brantley was placed on 15-day disabled list Saturday by the Indians, who are hoping more time off will help their star leftfielder get completely healthy.

Manager Terry Francona said Brantley will visit orthopedic surgeon Craig Morgan on Tuesday in Wilmington, Del. Francona said imaging tests taken Friday didn't reveal any new damage and Brantley will see Morgan, who performed surgery on him in November, to see what should be done next.

"The MRI (exam) came back showing nothing new, no changes, which is good," Francona said. "But anytime you have a shoulder that's had surgery, it's not the easiest thing to just read so you go off how a guy feels. He's not recovering at times as much as he wants."

The setback to Brantley, the club's best outfielder, is a blow to the Indians, who are already missing RH starter Carlos Carrasco. He has been out since injuring his hamstring last month and is expected to miss a few more weeks.

In 11 games, Brantley was batting .231 (9-of-39) with a .279 on-base percentage and a .282 slugging percentage. Last season, he batted .310/.379/.480 in 137 games.

This is Brantley's second trip to the DL this season. The 28-year-old recovered more quickly than expected during spring training and was hoping to be ready in time for opening day. However, after he had some discomfort, the Indians took a cautious approach and kept him out when the season started.

Francona doesn't think Brantley rushed back too soon.

"There wasn't a reason to hold him back," he said. "If we operated under those scenarios we may never play a game. You try to make the best decisions you can. Sometimes either guys don't feel well or get hurt. That's part of the game."

NATS RETAIN GM: The Nationals picked up the contract option for Mike Rizzo that keeps the president of baseball operations and general manager with the organization through the 2018 season. Terms were not disclosed. Rizzo joined the organization in 2007 and was named GM in 2010. Also, Nationals RF Bryce Harper dropped his appeal and served a one-game suspension in the second game of a day-night double­header. The reigning NL MVP was suspended and fined Wednesday by Major League Baseball for his behavior after an ejection in Monday's 5-4 win over the Tigers.

BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore right wrist.

CUBS: C Miguel Montero, out since April 28 with lower back tightness, was activated from the 15-day DL.

MARLINS: RHP Kendry Flores left after three innings of a doubleheader nightcap with a right shoulder strain.

PADRES: RH reliever Leonel Campos was recalled from Triple-A El Paso, fortifying the pitching staff after the right hamstring injury to RH starter Andrew Cashner.

RANGERS: Veteran RHP Kyle Lohse, 37, signed a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

YANKEES: RHPs Chad Green and Conor Mullee were called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and added to the bullpen. Rookie C Gary Sanchez was optioned back to Triple A, and RHP Luis Severino was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right triceps.

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