User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Brantley wearing wrap at Indians practice

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Michael Brantley is going to try and deal with his toughest task yet at the Cleveland Indians' training camp - rest.

Advertisement
Off to a hot start, the outfielder reported to the clubhouse Tuesday wearing a protective wrap on his left forearm. It covered the area where Brantley got 15 stitches following a play in which he was accidentally spiked by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson on Monday.

``It's all taken care of, I'm sewed up and want to get back playing as soon as I can,'' Brantley said. ``It hurt a little bit at first, but I'm fine. I got quite a few stitches. I don't know how many and I don't want to know.''

Brantley says he has no timetable for returning to the lineup, but manager Terry Francona said could be about 10 days.

``He took five stitches internally and 10 externally. It will probably be three days where he doesn't do anything, just let the wound heal, make sure it is clean. Then he'll slowly return to activity. There's no reason to rush this thing,'' Francona said.

Brantley was hurt as he tried for third base after hitting a double during Cleveland's 14-10 win. Though he was tagged out by Donaldson, the hit gave him an .833 batting average (5 for 6) with four doubles and two RBIs in three exhibition games.

``I wish you could bottle his swing right now,'' Francona said. ``His first four swings (in games) were perfect. Just gorgeous.''

Francona said he would use several different players in left field in Brantley's absence. Minor-league hopeful Tim Fedroff was listed as the starter in left against the Royals on Tuesday. Veterans Ben Francisco, Ryan Raburn and several other minor-leaguers likely will play there while Brantley rehabs.

``I'll just do what the training staff says, but I want to get back out there,'' Brantley said. ``I miss being with my teammates.''

Brantley in left field with newly signed Michael Bourn in center and right fielder Drew Stubbs, acquired from Cincinnati, are expected to give the Indians one of the fastest and best defensive outfields in the game.

``I'm glad to be part of it,'' he said. ``Hopefully, they won't hit balls out there because we have a pitching staff that throws a lot of sinkers and gets ground balls. If they hit it out there, hopefully nothing drops.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Diamond Trends - Saturday
Lawrence: August Pitchers Report
Cubs rally past Dodgers 6-4 in 10
Samardzija, Giants top Braves 7-0
D-Backs beat Reds on wild pitch in 11th
Kluber, Indians rout Rangers 12-1
Correa, Gattis lead Astros past Rays 5-4
Tigers win 5th straight, top Angels 4-2
Jays send Twins to 8th straight loss
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
4-2 L6 G-Plays, +8,349 This Year
7-0 Run, 10-2 L12 Totals
3-1 +254 LN, 12-5 L17 G-Plays
9-3 +583 L12, 12-5 L17 Win Streak
17-7 L24 G-Plays, +5,654 TY
7-1 L8 G-Plays, +2,968 Overall
3-0 Yesterday, 4-0 L4 G-Plays
24-10 L34 Totals, +1,581 Picks TY
17-6, +1,217 L23 Guarantees
2-0 +254 Last Night, 5-1 +449 L6
+3,043 G-Plays, +4,644 Picks TY
12-6 Last 18 Guarantees
5-2, +529 Record Yesterday
10-5 Last 15 Over/Unders
26-14 Last 40 MLB Selections
3-1 +215 L2 Days, 6-2 L8 G-Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8349
Antony Dinero + 5654
Jim Feist + 4644
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2770
Bruce Marshall + 2013
Jim Feist + 1619
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4571
Micah Roberts + 3626
NeiltheGreek + 2158
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3683
Jim Feist + 3043
Micah Roberts + 2930
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2364
Jim Feist + 2359
Micah Roberts + 1953
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1906
Micah Roberts + 1882
NeiltheGreek + 1793
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership