Michael Brantley Update: Out 10 days after stitches

It looks like Michael Brantley's injury from Monday afternoon is slightly more serious than originally expected.  The Cleveland Indians outfielder was spike accidentally while sliding into third base on monday.  He had to exit the game and received stitches.

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brantley had to get 15 stitches in his left arm after being spiked by the Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson.  Yesterday, the injury looked bad.  Brantley's arm was wrapped heavily and completely immobilized to keep the stitches from popping.  However, Brantley is expected to return in about 10 days.

Considering the number of stitches and the lengths to which the doctors went to immobilize the arm, Brantley is lucky he will only be out 10 days.  It's much too early for the Indians to lose a starter long-term.  The Yankees had this happen with Curtis Granderson, and it is still not clear who will take over in left field for them.

Brantley is entering his fifth Major League season.  He has spent his entire career in the Majors with the Indians.  In his career, Brantley is a .274/.329/.376 hitter.

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