CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had surgery on his right shoulder and will need up to six months to recover.
The team said Brantley underwent an arthroscopic procedure Monday to repair a small tear in his labrum. Brantley injured his shoulder trying to make a diving catch in Minnesota on Sept. 22. He received a cortisone shot and tried to play down the stretch as the Indians fought for a wild-card berth.
The club's best all-around player, Brantley battled injuries throughout last season. He batted .310 with 15 homers, an AL-leading 45 doubles and 84 RBIs in 137 games - the fewest he's played since 2011.
The 28-year-old had a breakout season in 2014, when he batted .327, made the All-Star team and finished third in MVP voting.
Brantley began last season with a sore back that flared up during spring training.