CLEVELAND: Michael Brantley's sore wrist has been an issue for most of the month, when he has been in and out of the lineup.
“”He couldn’t have come to the plate in the ninth last night,’’ manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. “”I know the fans probably would haved killed me, but I would have had to pinch hit (Luis) Valbuena there. Brantley could stay in the game as long as he didn’t have to hit.’’
Valbuena was optioned back to Columbus after Tuesday's first game, a 7-5 Tribe win, to make room for Zach McAllister, who started the nightcap.
Acta said that Brantley will rest his wrist until Friday. If he can't play by then, there will be another evaluation. The disabled list is a distinct possibility.
The press box at Progressive Field shook for at least 15 seconds, a result of the 5.9 earthquake centered 40 miles from Richmond, Va.
Apparently none of the Indians or Mariners felt the temblor on the field.
“”I didn’t feel it,’’ Acta said. “”Nobody even heard about it.’’