Brantley to miss start of season

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will not be included on the roster for Opening Day next Monday as he has not sufficiently recovered from shoulder surgery.

Brantley went under the knife in November due to soreness in his right shoulder and was expected to be out of action for six months.

However, despite having recovered faster than expected, Indians manager Terry Francona believes that the 28-year-old will not be fit enough to play against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day.

While Francona confirmed that Brantley will continue to rest his shoulder, he did not say when the left fielder will make his comeback.

“We will let this thing calm down a little bit, then ramp him back up,” Francona told reporters. “He’s not going to start the season with us as our starting left fielder. He will certainly travel with us. So if that’s the case, let’s give him a chance to be healthy for the whole year.”