DETROIT: The preliminary evaluation of Michael Brantley's twisted left ankle was good news for the Indians.
After rolling the ankle as he sprung out of the batter's box in the ninth inning Thursday night in Kansas City, Brantley went down in a heap. He had to be helped off the field, but X-rays taken at Kauffman Stadium were negative, and he was listed as day-to-day.
But that did not end the evaluation. Brantley flew back to Cleveland and was undergoing an MRI at the Cleveland Clinic late this afternoon to make sure he did no serious damage to any tendons or ligaments in the ankle.
""We'll find out more after they look at the MRI,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""He tested well with doctors in Cleveland before he did the MRI, and he had minimal swelling.''
Unless Brantley goes on the disabled list, the Tribe's roster will be a man short. Trevor Crowe moved from left to center, taking Brantley's place in the field. Shelley Duncan took over for Crowe in left. Crowe also replaced Brantley in the leadoff spot.
Tonight is Round 2 of Armando Galarraga vs. the Indians. The only thing missing was umpire Jim Joyce, who missed a call at first base with two outs in the ninth on June 2, costing Galarraga a perfect game.
""That is something that is not going to go away,'' Acta said of the singular game. ""Every time we come here, we're going to be reminded of that. Unfortunately, it will be remembered for that call, which happened to one of the nicest and best umpires in baseball.''