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 Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Brantley wearing wrap at Indians practice

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

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 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's AL Tips
Akins: Diamond Trends - Wednesday
Rose: Who's Hot - AL Edition
Cardinals shut down Brewers, 6-1
Sanchez lifts Giants over Dodgers in 12
Mets dominate D-Backs again, 9-0
A's get past Angels in extra innings
Rockies hold off Padres, 'under' hits
White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
5-0 L5, 14-3 L17, 22-8 +1,676 TY
5-1 +558 Yesterday, +1,300 TY
7-3 Run, 9-1 G-Plays, +1,292 TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 20-10 +985 Run
11-5 Last 16 Selections
4-0 L4, 9-3 Guarantees This Year
5-2, +297 Last 7 G-Plays
5-1 Last 6 Guaranteed Plays
7-3, +405 Record L10 Selections
5-1, +459 Last 6 Selections
22-10 L32 Over/Unders
3-1 L4 Guaranteed Plays
5-1 +476 Yesterday, +1,124 TY
4-1, +325 Last 5 Guarantees
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks- Kansas City Royals at Houston Astros
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1676
Bruce Marshall + 1300
Mike Rose + 1292
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 936
Dave Cokin + 888
John Fisher + 664
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 496
Matt Zylbert + 302
Joe Williams + 300
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 873
Bruce Marshall + 570
Jeff White + 556
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 793
Mike Rose + 458
The Prez + 453
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1321
John Fisher + 1198
Bruce Marshall + 469
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 recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!