ARLINGTON -- It's official: Michael Brantley is on the Indians' Opening Day roster. After a long comeback from multiple surgeries on his right arm, Cleveland's star left fielder was a part of the active roster the team unveiled on Sunday morning.
"The work paid off," Brantley said recently. "All the sacrifices everybody made to help me out this offseason to get to this point, it's very appreciated. Stick to the process. The process works."
The Indians open the regular season on the road with a 7:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Rangers on Monday at Globe Life Park. Ace Corey Kluber will make his third straight Opening Day start, opposite Texas righty Yu Darvish.
As expected, the Indians placed second baseman Jason Kipnis (right shoulder) and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (right shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list, and put right-hander Cody Anderson (Tommy John surgery) on the 60-day DL. Cleveland also released lefty Tim Cooney, vacating another spot on the 40-man roster.
Those moves allowed the Tribe to purchase the contracts of third baseman Yandy Diaz and utility man Michael Martinez, who were in camp as non-roster invitees. Outfielder Austin Jackson (also an NRI) was previously added to the 40-man roster.
Here is a breakdown of Cleveland's Opening Day roster:
Catchers: Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez
Infielders: Diaz, Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Lindor, Martinez, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana
Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Brantley, Brandon Guyer, Tyler Naquin, Jackson
Rotation: Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Kluber, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin
Bullpen: Cody Allen, Shawn Armstrong, Boone Logan, Zach McAllister, Andrew Miller, Dan Otero, Bryan Shaw
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.