CLEVELAND -- Bad news on the injury front continues to pile up for the Cleveland Indians.
|Indians OF Michael Brantley heads to the DL -- and surgery -- after tests showed a fracture in his right hand. (Getty Images)|
Brantley played with tendinitis in his wrist for several weeks, but the soreness subsided with treatment and rest. However, he recently felt pain in his hand and was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said tests revealed the fractured bone and that the normal recovery process takes six to nine weeks.
"His symptoms changed in the last 10 days," Soloff said. "That increased our suspicion of a hamate injury."
Dr. Thomas Graham, a renowned orthopedist, will perform the surgery early this week at Cleveland Clinic.
Brantley, the Indians' leadoff hitter, batted .266 with seven homers and 46 RBI in 114 games.
The injury-ravaged Indians trail Detroit by 6½ games in the AL Central. Outfielder Grady Sizemore, designated hitter Travis Hafner, second baseman Jason Kipnis and starting pitchers Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco are also on the DL. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was removed from Saturday's game in the fifth inning with an injury to his left side, which had forced him to miss the previous two games.
Manager Manny Acta could tell Choo was still in pain.
"We knew just by looking at his face when he swung," Acta said. "He was stretching it in the outfield. That's not a good sign. We thought it was better to lose him for a few days than the rest of the season."
Acta said Choo won't swing a bat for at least a few days.
Sizemore, who has been on the DL since July 18 with a bruised knee and following sports hernia surgery, could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week. Soloff said Sizemore hit in the outdoor batting cage for the second time Sunday.
Hafner has a sprained tendon in his right foot and might need season-ending surgery. The team will seek outside opinions this week on the injury, which bothered him for months. Hafner is wearing a walking boot and is currently receiving daily treatment.
Kipnis is out with a strained right hamstring and likely won't return for a couple of weeks. Tomlin and Carrasco have elbow injuries and it's unclear if either will pitch again this season.
The Indians acquired veteran slugger Jim Thome from Minnesota to boost their sagging offense. Thome, who hit his 602nd career homer Saturday, wasn't in the lineup Sunday to rest.