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Indians OF Brantley says opening day 'target' after surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is targeting opening day to return from offseason shoulder surgery.

Brantley had an operation to repair a small tear on his non-throwing shoulder in November. The timetable on his return is 5 to 6 months, putting the start of his season in jeopardy. But although it's probable he won't be ready for the April 4 opener against Boston, Brantley said Thursday night that he's not putting a date on his return.

Brantley injured his shoulder trying to make a diving catch in Minnesota on Sept. 22. He received a cortisone shot and tried to play as the Indians hung around in the AL wild-card chase, but was eventually shut down.

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Brantley has been running and throwing during his recovery. His next step is swinging a bat.

The 28-year-old battled injuries throughout last season, but still batted .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 137 games.