SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Brantley was out of the starting lineup for the Indians on Friday night, marking the third day off in a row for the outfielder. Brantley was given the break in order to rest a sore left shoulder.
"We felt that a couple of days off would help," Indians manager Manny Acta said before Friday's Interleague game against the Giants. "He should be ready to go tomorrow."
Brantley took part in batting practice and played catch Friday and made it clear that he was available off the bench, if needed. The outfielder also echoed Acta's comments, indicating that he expects to be ready for Saturday's game in San Francisco.
Acta gave Brantley a day off Wednesday for the team's game against the Rockies and the Indians had a team off-day Thursday.
"It's nothing serious," Brantley said. "He just wanted to give me an extra day. I'm ready to go off the bench. Whenever they need me, I'll be ready to go."
Entering Friday, Brantley was hitting .274 with five home runs, 12 doubles, 28 RBIs and 40 runs scored through 70 games for Cleveland.