Indians outfielder Brantley has surgery on right shoulder

Indians outfielder Brantley has surgery on right shoulder

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had surgery on his right shoulder and will need up to six months to recover.

The team said Brantley underwent an arthroscopic procedure Monday to repair a small tear in his labrum. Brantley injured his shoulder trying to make a diving catch in Minnesota on Sept. 22. He received a cortisone shot and tried to play down the stretch as the Indians fought for a wild-card berth.

The club's best all-around player, Brantley battled injuries throughout last season. He batted .310 with 15 homers, an AL-leading 45 doubles and 84 RBIs in 137 games - the fewest he's played since 2011.

The 28-year-old had a breakout season in 2014, when he batted .327, made the All-Star team and finished third in MVP voting.

Brantley began last season with a sore back that flared up during spring training.

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