CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent successful surgery on Monday, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Brantley underwent a 45-minute procedure, commonly known as bicep tenodesis, to correct chronic biceps tendinitis in his right shoulder, an issue which popped up as the 29-year-old attempted to work his way several recovery attempts this season from last November’s shoulder surgery.
The road back will continue to be difficult for Brantley, but manager Terry Francona doesn’t doubt the outfielder’s ability to eventually return with a vengeance.
“He’s got a lot on his plate, and he’s had a lot for a guy who hasn’t played,” Francona said. “He’s pretty tired out. Because he’s given a lot to try and come back, and he’s going to have to do that again. The good news is, if anybody’s willing [to put in the work], he’s the guy. He’s about as conscientious as anybody you’re going to find.”
During Monday’s surgery — a procedure which took place in Dallas, Texas — Dr. Keith Meister and Dr. Mark Schickendantz confirmed Brantley’s previous labrum repair was intact.
The procedure itself involves cutting the bicep tendon from the labrum in the shoulder and anchoring it to the humerus bone to alleviate pressure in the problem area.
The team expects Brantley will make a full recovery in four months.
With Monday’s surgery completed, the left-handed hitter’s season is essentially over before it began. The talented left fielder managed to play in just 11 games this season, hitting just .231 with two doubles, a stolen base and seven RBI.
After continued discomfort in the right shoulder and biceps area throughout various stages his recovery and rehab, the team decided surgery was the best course of action to ensure Brantley was ready for the 2017 campaign.
Here is Michael Brantley’s updated injury timeline (h/t MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian):
By doing the procedure now, the team believes Brantley should be prepared to engage in a normal Spring Training routine in 2017.
“Having him not have to be behind in spring would be really big,” Francona said. “I think that there’s a real chance that will happen.”