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Daily Dose: Brantley Banged Up

by Nathan Grimm
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Michael Brantley was on the disabled list for the first 16 games of the Indians' season.

 

He made it 11 games before being sent back.

 

Fatigue in his surgically repaired right shoulder was attributed to inflammation as the team placed the outfielder back on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, the day after Brantley played his last game prior to fatigue setting in and necessitating his removal from the lineup.

 

"You go off of how a guy feels," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's not recovering at times as much as he wants and he has some soreness in there. ... The more time he's down, the more time it takes. It just seemed like, not a fun call, but an easy one. We need to look at the big picture and take care of him."

 

The good news is that Brantley's MRI came back negative, suggesting this go-round on the DL will only last as long as it takes for the 28-year-old to feel more like himself. That didn't seem to be the case in his 11 games with the big club, as the All-Star hit .231/.279/.282 without a home run in 39 at-bats.

 

Given that this is his second stint on the disabled list for the same body part, it's also assumed that Brantley will be encouraged to take it slow to ensure he's healthy when he does get back. Francona expressed hope that, when he does return, Brantley is no longer plagued by the shoulder to the extent he is now.

 

"I hope not," Francona said. "For his sake, for everybody's sake, I hope not. I think it's something he'll have to manage. He had surgery. But even last week, he really felt like he was coming and getting better. I think he was really pleased."

 

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Forsythe (Shoulder) Lands On DL

 

It was a costly way to reach base for Logan Forsythe on Monday.

 

Forsythe, the Rays' team leader in on-base percentage, was hit in the shoulder by a Felix Hernandez pitch Monday, and the team placed the second baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a hairline fracture of his left shoulder blade. Forsythe was proscribed rest as he and the Rays wait for the fracture to heal.

 

"There's not too much to do," Forsythe said. "There's some strength exercises that we can do to keep the shoulder up. Just got to let it rest like anything else."

 

It's a tough blow for the 29-year-old, who has followed up on a breakout 2015 campaign by hitting .308/.398/.523 with four homers, 12 RBI, 16 runs scored and three steals atop the Rays' lineup. Forsythe's .398 on-base percentage is seventh-best among qualified hitters in the American League.

 

With Forsythe out, the Rays will increase their usage of Steve Pearce at the keystone, manager Kevin Cash said. Pearce is hitting a strong .300/.380/.543 with five homers and 12 RBI on the year, but it's buoyed by a .394/.444/.818 line against left-handers. Pearce will be exposed against righties but is a must-start against lefties in daily fantasy games if nothing else.

 

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Adam Jones, Less Awful

 

Adam Jones played poorly for a long time, and he knows it.

 

"I've felt comfortable since day one. It's just you guys want to talk about results," Jones said earlier this week. "When I'm not hitting good, [people ask], is something hurting? No, it's just sometimes you suck, man. It happens. It's life. It's sports. You suck sometimes."

 

The good news is, Jones is playing better baseball. The 30-year-old belted his fourth home run in his past five games in the Orioles' 9-3 win over the Tigers on Saturday. The homer barrage came after he hit just one in his first 26 games of the season.

 

That prolonged less-than-stellar play left some wondering if injury or ineffectiveness had caught up to Jones. But after Saturday's game the outfielder has a seven-game hitting streak in which he's 13-for-30 (.433) with the four homers, nine RBI and nine runs scored.

 

And after his early struggles, Jones has his line up to .259/.317/.431. It's not where we're used to seeing it, but more weeks like the one he just had and it will be awfully familiar in no time.

 

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