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.
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.