Michael Brantley cleared for rehab games

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The Indians announced today that outfielder Michael Brantley will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Brantley underwent labrum surgery on his right shoulder this past November. He hit .319/.382/.494 over the last two seasons, however, along with 35 home runs, 90 doubles, 181 RBI, and 38 stolen bases in 293 games. Having him back, healthy and effective will go a long way towards determining whether the Indians will contend this year.