Michael Brantley is out of the Indians’ lineup with a back injury that’s lingered since February


Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is out of the lineup Thursday for the second straight game because of a back injury and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he’ll be examined by doctors Friday.

Indians manager Terry Francona told Hoynes that Brantley’s back soreness “just keeps acting up on him” and has bothered him since arriving at spring training in the middle of February.

Brantley played 156 of 162 games last season on his way to finishing third in the MVP voting, hitting .327 with 20 homers, 23 steals, and an .890 OPS after coming into the season as a 27-year-old with a career .711 OPS.