The Indians are worried that outfielder Michael Brantley could miss a significant amount of time due to a shoulder injury, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Brantley was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut in late April after undergoing offseason surgery, but he played in only 11 games before landing back on the DL.
Brantley’s offseason surgery repaired a torn labrum. He underwent an MRI in mid-May which showed no new structural damage. When Brantley is healthy, he is one of the most dynamic players in the game, as he posted an .890 OPS with 6.8 WAR in 2014, then followed up with an .859 OPS and led the league with 45 doubles last year.
In Brantley’s absence, the Indians have been using Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez in left field with Tyler Naquin handling center field.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.
Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.
Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.