CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley underwent surgery on Wednesday to have the hamate bone in his right hand removed.
Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist, performed the procedure at the Cleveland Clinic. Brantley landed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday. He's expected to make a full recovery in six-nine weeks.
Brantley fought soreness in his right wrist for much of August. He played in only 14 games this month, hitting .211 (12-for-57). Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said it's unclear if the fractured hamate bone in his hand triggered the pain in his wrist. Brantley is eager to play pain-free next season.
"That's the one good thing, that it's not lingering," Brantley said. "You can take care of it. It's not something that's going to hinder you your whole career."
Brantley batted .266 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 114 games this season.