Brantley back in lineup, leading off

Brantley back in lineup, leading off

Brantley back in lineup, leading off
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Michael Brantley showed enough progress over the past two days to convince the Indians that he did not need to be placed on the disabled list.

On Tuesday, Brantley was back in the leadoff spot and manning left field for Cleveland after fighting a sore right wrist for much of the past two weeks. Indians manager Manny Acta said Brantley responded well to having two days off, which included a scheduled off-day on Monday and a rainout in Cleveland on Sunday.

"We feel that he's ready to play," Acta said on Tuesday. "He's had enough time, especially with the rainout. ... He hasn't had any issues in batting practice. It bothers him when he misses. Those guys, they don't swing and miss often in batting practice. We only noticed in the past, he's grimacing and all that when he's swung and missed at certain pitches out of the zone.

"We're going to have to see, but we feel he's had enough time with the medicine and rest that hopefully that helped him."

Prior to Tuesday's 8-7 loss in 14 innings against the White Sox, Brantley was out of the lineup for seven of the Tribe's previous 11 games, including Sunday's postponement against the Twins. Brantley has worn a brace during hitting sessions at times, and he was given anti-inflammatories to help treat the discomfort.

"It's the dog days of August," said Lonnie Soloff, the Indians' head athletic trainer. "Guys are grinding it out. He had some inflammation in his wrist, but we kept him quiet for a few days and he's pleased with how he's feeling now."

Entering Tuesday, Brantley was hitting .270 with seven homers, 21 doubles, 44 RBIs and 59 runs scored in 107 games for the Indians this season.

Brantley went 3-for-6 in the contest, scoring two runs.