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Michael Brantley placed on the disabled list with an ankle sprain

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The Indians have placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list with an ankle sprain.

Brantley was injured in the fifth inning of last night’s 4-1 win over Colorado while running for a ball hit to left. Brantley previously missed nearly two weeks with an ankle sprain he suffered in mid-June.

Brantley is hitting .299/.358/.445 with nine homers and 52 RBI in 88 games this season. He missed all but 11 games last season with shoulder problems.

Abraham Almonte will likely be Brantley’s replacement while he’s out.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.