Brantley sits opening day; Venable, Thatcher released

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley makes a running catch to put out Chicago White Sox's Micah Johnson during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cleveland Indians say All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley is still recovering from shoulder surgery and will not begin the season as a starter.

Brantley has played in two exhibition games and reported residual soreness. He will continue to rest without baseball activities for the time being.

Brantley had surgery in November. He was examined Saturday, and manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Brantley won't be in left field on opening day.

There was no timetable for when Brantley will be able to start.

The Indians also released outfielder Will Venable and reliever Joe Thatcher.