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Michael Brantley’s shoulder is giving him problems again

Michael Brantley

Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley hits an RBI-single off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 5, 2015, in Cleveland. Mike Aviles scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Potentially bad news in Cleveland. Michael Brantley is dealing with fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley didn’t start Tuesday or Wednesday (the Tribe had yesterday off) and he’s finding that the more he plays the worse his shoulder is holding up. This occurred during spring training as well so it may just be a chronic thing he battles all year and for which he’ll simply need more days off. It’s being portrayed as good news by the Indians inasmuch as he says he’s feeling better with the rest.

Still, the production is lacking thus far. He’s batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season. Worth watching.