Indians place Michael Brantley on 10-day disabled list

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) advances to third base on a fly ball during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians on June 10, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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The Cleveland Indians have placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list due to continued soreness from an ankle sprain, according to the Indians’ official Twitter account.

Brantley is enjoying a solid season, currently owning a slash line of .296/.360/.432 with five home runs and 28 RBI over 228 plate appearances.

The 30-year-old played in only 11 games during the 2016 season due to multiple shoulder surgeries.

Before last year, Brantley was developing into one of the more underrated players in the league.

In 2014, he posted a slash line of .327/.385/.506 and connected on 20 long balls and 45 doubles while driving in 97 runs en route to his first and only All-Star appearance. He also stole 23 bases. For his efforts, Brantley finished third in American League MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award.

The following year, Brantley had similar success, slashing .310/.379/.480 with 15 long balls, a league-leading 45 doubles, 84 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Brantley was originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft.

However, he was traded to the Indians in 2008 as part of a deal that sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers.

Brantley made his first big-league appearance in 2009, slashing .313/.358/.348 with 11 RBI across 121 plate appearances.

In 2010, he played in 72 games but was underwhelming, registering a .623 OPS over 325 plate appearances.

It wasn’t until 2012 that Brantley became a full-time starter, recording a slash line of .288/.348/.402 with six long balls and 60 RBI in what was sort of a breakout year for the Bellevue, Wa. native.

The Indians are currently 36-31 and sit in first place in the American League Central Division.

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