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Brantley nursing tightness in hamstring

Brantley nursing tightness in hamstring

Brantley nursing tightness in hamstring
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians center fielder Michael Brantley left in the second inning of Cleveland's game Monday afternoon against the Dodgers with tightness in his right hamstring.

Manager Manny Acta said it was a precautionary move. The Indians are off on Tuesday, which will allow Brantley to rest.

"The trainer's probably going to reevaluate him tomorrow," Acta said after the Tribe's 4-3 win. "They feel it's nothing serious, but the day off helps, definitely."

Acta said Brantley's hamstring tightened up when he led off the bottom of the first inning and grounded out to second base. He played the first two innings in center field before Ryan Spilborghs replaced him.

"[Felix Pie], Spilborghs and [Aaron Cunningham] -- we need to give them a look in center anyways," Acta said. "Some better than other ones, but they can play center."

Brantley, 24, was already filling in for Grady Sizemore, Cleveland's regular leadoff hitter and center fielder who has been bothered by injuries over the last two years and is set to begin this season on the disabled list.

Brantley filled in for Sizemore last season before right wrist and hand issues put him out of action in mid-August. Brantley is hitting .280 with three runs and four RBIs in nine Cactus League games this spring.

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