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Brantley earns Wedge's trust

By Sheldon Published: September 5, 2009

Michael Brantley has attempted only two steals since arriving in the big leagues Sept. 1, but already manager Eric Wedge has given him the green light, which means it's up to Brantley whether to run or not.

"Usually I wouldn't do that,'' said Wedge, when asked about trusting a raw rookie. "But I've gotten a feel for him by what he did in Triple-A, and I've also had conversations with him.''

In addition to stealing 46 bases in 51 attempts at Columbus, Brantley has learned the appropriate times to steal, how to get a jump and what keys to look for from the pitcher, partly because he grew up in the game. His father, Mickey, played in the big leagues for four years with the Seattle Mariners.

WHY THE WAIT? -- Tribe officials knew for most of the season that Grady Sizemore was struggling to play because of injuries to his left elbow and abdomen. So why did they wait until now to decide on a surgical solution to these ailments? [ep
""We had those conversations months ago,'' Wedge said. ""Grady wanted to play, and he wasn't putting himself in danger for next season. So why would we do it early? What would we be getting him ready for? Christmas? Thanksgiving?'' [ep
Wedge added that players often remain in the lineup with injuries. [ep
""Guys play hurt all the time,'' the manager said. ""When you lose (sit out) a game, you don't get it back. And surgery isn't to be taken lightly. It's a last resort.'' [ep
SOCIAL NOTE -- Shin-Soo Choo has been missing from the team for two days, but he has not gone AWOL. [ep
After the Indians' final game in Detroit Thursday, Choo flew home to suburban Phoenix to be with his wife Woon Mi, who gave birth to the couple's second child Friday, an 8-pound, 3-ounce boy, as yet unnamed. [ep
Choo flew back to Cleveland Saturday but did not arrive in time for the game. [ep
KUDOS -- Former Akronite Katie Dannemiller has been named Female Executive of the Year in the South Atlantic League for the second time in her four seasons with the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers. [ep
Dannemiller, vice president of baseball operations for the club, has been employed in professional baseball for 13 years and formerly was executive assistant to Tribe General Manager Mark Shapiro.
During her tenure in Greensboro, Grasshoppers attendance has ranked among the top 25 minor league teams in the country. [ep
WORK PLACE AWARD -- The Indians have been named as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio. The award is given by NorthCoast 99, which yearly recognizes 99 companies and the quality of their work forces. The Tribe is the first sports team to be so honored. [ep
AKRONITE A WINNER -- Danielle Sampson of Akron won a car Friday night as part of the Tribe's annual promotion, the Ultimate Car Giveaway. [ep
FARM FACTS -- Mickey Hall had three hits -- including a double and homer -- and three RBI, and Jordan Brown drove in three runs with a home run and single, as Columbus defeated Toledo 12-11. *elip Delvi Cid had three hits and scored a run in Lake County's 9-4 loss to Hagerstown. Adam Abraham homered and drove in three runs. *elip Jesus Brito had two hits and two RBI, as Mahoning Valley defeated Jamestown 7-5. [ep

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