Ailments in the outfield for Indians

Ailments in the outfield for Indians

Ailments in the outfield for Indians
CLEVELAND -- The Indians lost their entire outfield to injuries at various points last season and the team is hoping to avoid a similar calamity this year.

On Tuesday, Cleveland right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and center fielder Michael Brantley were each sidelined by minor ailments. Brantley was held out of the lineup due to soreness in his right wrist and Choo exited Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Royals in the eighth inning with a tight left hamstring.

Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that Brantley is expected to be fine to start Wednesday's game against Kansas City. Choo, on the other hand, is considered day to day and will be re-evaluated when he arrives to the ballpark on Wednesday.

"It's a mild one," Acta said of Choo's injury.

Choo started Tuesday's game for the Indians and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk, watching his season average dip to .237 in the process. The Tribe's right fielder spent time on the disabled list last season due to a broken left thumb and a strained left oblique.

Acta indicated that Brantley, who is hitting .196, tweaked his right wrist while sliding during a recent game in Seattle. As a precaution, Cleveland held the center fielder out of the lineup, but Acta did insert Brantley into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.

Last season, Brantley had season-ending surgery on Aug. 31 to remove a fractured hamate bone in his right hand.

"We tried to give him 48 hours straight," Acta explained. "He slid head-first a couple of times over in Seattle and jammed his wrist a little bit. We decided that with the day off [on Monday] and a left-handed pitcher [Jonathan Sanchez] pitching today, it was perfect for him to get the day off. He's playing [Wednesday].

"He was fine to play. He could've started the game. We decided to give him the day off so he could have 48 hours and probably get it out of the way and not have it linger."