CLEVELAND (92.3 the Fan) – Indians outfielder Michael Brantley left Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the 5th inning with an apparent injury. The team announced the injury as a right ankle sprain.
Mark Reynolds flew out to center field to lead off the top of the 5th. As Brantley broke to his left, he ran a few steps before coming up limping, then taking a seat on the outfield grass. Manager Terry Francona and head athletic trainer James Quinlan tended to the All-Star before he stood on his own power.
Francona said Brantley was undergoing imagery after the game, and that the team would have more information before Wednesday’s noon start.
“I think he thought at first it might have been his achilles,” Francona said. “That’s why he didn’t get up. It takes me a little while to get out there. By the time I got out there, he felt something, but it was on the side. It’s not that. We just got to wait and see. There’s no sense in playing the doctor tonight. We just got to see what happens.”
Brantley was replaced by Abraham Almonte.