CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley will have season-ending surgery in the next couple of days, but the outfielder says it isn't the worst possible conclusion to his season.
Brantley, who was visibly frustrated the last few weeks while playing with a sore right wrist, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday with a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand. Dr. Thomas Graham, a renowned hand specialist, will conduct a procedure to remove part of the bone.
Brantley first experienced pain in early August, when he missed a pair of games on the team's trip to Boston. He tried to play through the pain but was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday after being unable to properly grip a bat for several weeks.
The 24-year-old is relieved to finally have a resolution to his nagging injury.
"It's good to finally get some answers," Brantley said. "You can take care of it. It's not something that's going to hinder you your whole career."
Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said it's unclear if the fracture in Brantley's hand caused the pain in his wrist. Brantley is just looking forward to being pain-free next season.
"That's the one good thing: It's not lingering," Brantley said. "It's something we can take out."
In 114 games this season, Brantley batted .266 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs.