DETROIT: Michael Brantley looked like he might not play for months when he fell to the ground after turning his ankle trying to get out of the batter's box Thursday night.
But X-rays and an MRI showed that the center fielder suffered no serious damage, and his actions are starting to validate the results of the tests.
""He continues to make improvement,'' manager Manny Acta said Saturday. ""He's walking around without that orthopedic boot, and he's going to hit off a tee tomorrow. I think he'll probably be playing for us on this homestand.''
The Indians return home to play Oakland on Tuesday and don't leave Progressive Field again until Sept. 2.
Inasmuch as Brantley apparently won't have to go on the disabled list, the Indians' roster will be short one player until he returns. Trevor Crowe will play center and lead off in place of Brantley.