Michael Brantley is coming off his best Major League season with the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, the season ended with the Indians in fourth place in the American League Central with 91 losses. Brantley, though, will be part of the Indians future as the team tries to rebuild and compete. As part of ensuring his health and success next season, Brantley underwent sports hernia surgery.
The procedure is relatively minor and should not result in Brantley missing any of his offseason workout routine says Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Hoynes says Brantley had been experiencing pain the entire second half of the season. Surgery was an option to correct the issue and allow Brantley to prepare for next season pain-free.
Brantley is just 25 years old and will be entering his fifth Major League season. He was drafted by the Indians in the 7th round of the 2005 draft. He is a career .274/.329/.376 hitter. Last season, though, Brantley had a breakout year of sorts. He hit .288/.348/.402. He also played in a career-high 149 games.
The Indians, who were able to compete for parts of the 2011 season, struggled in 2012. They really did not seem competitive for much of the season and were locked in a battle with the Minnesota Twins for last place in the division. The Twins took that dubious honor, but Cleveland has some work to do going forward. They have Brantley until at least 2017 season when he can become a free agent. He is still pre-arbitration eligible.