Michael Brantley was sent to the hospital for stitches after being tagged out on a headfirst slide into third base Monday during the Indians' 14-10 win against the Oakland A's.
Given what manager Terry Francona thought he saw when Brantley started toward the dugout, a lacerated left forearm was a relief.
"You're never happy to see an injury, but when he was coming off the field, his batting glove was kind of hanging and I thought his finger was pointing in the wrong direction," Francona said.
That wasn't the case. Francona said Brantley returned to Goodyear, Ariz., on Monday after receiving stitches at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He will be re-evaluated today.
The injury occurred after Brantley doubled to left center in the third inning. The hit scored Ryan Raburn from first.
When Brantley tried to take third on the play, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson inadvertently spiked Brantley while making the tag.
Brantley is off to a great start this spring. He's 5-for-6, with four doubles.
"He'll be fine," Francona said. "We've got a long spring."
Michael Brantley's injury looked a lot worse at first glance to Terry Francona
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