Michael Brantley Mysteriously Leaves Spring Training Game, Stadium

UPDATE (7:02 PM ):

Now Manny Acta is confirming to the post-game media: Brantley left the game with a sore right hamstring.  He’s considered day-to-day.

This might mean I have to learn how to spell Ryan Spilborghs’ name, which, to be honest, I was trying to avoid.

UPDATE (6:56  PM):

Looks like it’s less interesting than we might have originally thought?  According to TJ Zuppe (via “Rizzy”), Brantley left the game with “a mild tight right hamstring.”

Why he left the stadium altogether though?  Perhaps just going to the team’s training facility?

6:44 PM:

Of course this happens the day I write about not losing faith in him.

According to Nick Camino of WTAM, Brantley was unexpectedly pulled from today’s Spring Training game against the Dodgers in the third inning.

Ryan Spilbourghs on deck. Not sure why? He is taking Michael Brantley’s spot in the lineup. #Indians

And later:

Just watched #Indians OF Michael Brantley leave Goodyear Ballpark. Walked out. Not sure what’s going on yet.

Paul Hoynes also noticed that something wacky was going on, and chimed in:

#Indians say they will update Brantley’s situation later. Did not get traded.

Obviously, we’ll update as more details are available.


  • EyesAbove

    He didnt get traded and it wasnt an injury? Thats really strange….

  • porkchopexpress

    Hillis leaves town and suddenly Brantley disapears under mysterious circumstances?  And you all expect me to believe this is a coinkydink?

  • Robbie

    Hopefully, there aren’t a pair of 30+ year old re-treads available who can platoon in CF on the cheap.

  • mgbode

    indians are still playing coy.  we traded brantley for felix hernandez straight-up.


  • Steve

    Once again, Brantley with injury issues. At this age, its a serious red flag.