The Indians might not have Michael Brantley in the lineup tonight as they face the Angels in the second of a four-game series at Progressive Field.
Brantley left during the fifth inning of Monday’s 4-3 win after taking a blow to the head and neck area while sliding into second base during the third inning. He was trying to break up a double play and collided with John McDonald.
Terry Francona said that Brantley had passed the first concussion tests. He will be evaluated further before the game and there is a chance that the Indians are cautious and give him the day off.
Brantley has not played in only two games this season. He was given the day off on April 30 as the Indians completed a six-game road trip against the Angels plus it was an afternoon game after a night game. He did not play in the May 15 game at Toronto after being taken out the night before due to tightness in his back. If Brantley can’t play, Mike Aviles or Ryan Raburn would get the start in left.
Going into Tuesday, Brantley is fourth in the American League with a .323 batting average and is seventh among outfielders in All-Star Game voting. In his past eight games, he is 15 for 28 with two home runs and four RBI.
We’ll be following that as well as these other storylines on Indians Live, starting at 6:30 p.m., as well as during tonight’s game:
Hot at home: The Indians have won 10 straight at Progressive Field, which is the longest home win streak in the Majors this season. It is their longest win streak at Progressive Field since they took 11 straight last season from July 11-Aug. 1.
Santana in a groove: Carlos Santana’s solo home run in the fourth ended up being the difference in the game. Since coming off the disabled list, he is 13 of 39 with three home runs and nine RBI.
Cabrera warming up: Asdrubal Cabrera has homered in two straight home games, including a two-run shot on Monday. With seven home runs, he is tied with the White Sox Alexi Ramirez for most among American League shortstops. Over his last 13 games, Cabrera is batting .298 with three home runs, five doubles and 10 RBI.
Tomlin takes the hill: Josh Tomlin (4-3, 3.33) has worked at least five innings in all seven of his starts this season while allowing three earned runs or fewer. Last Thursday against the Red Sox, he worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts as he took the loss. He has allowed seven home runs which are tied with Corey Kluber for second on the Tribe staff (Danny Salazar allowed eight before being sent down to Columbus).
Angels vs. Tomlin: Erick Aybar 0-9; Howie Kendrick 2-5; David Freese 0-3; Josh Hamilton 0-3; Raul Ibanez 0-1.
Angels starter: Matt Shoemaker (3-1, 4.19) makes his seventh Major League start and sixth this season. It will be his 11th appearance of the year. The rookie right-hander’s last start was on June 7 against the White Sox(no decision) where he allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Shoemaker did make an appearance out of the bullpen last Wednesday against Oakland and worked one-third of an inning. This will be the first time he has faced the Indians.
Road woes: The Angels have dropped eight of their last 10 road games. Monday marked only the sixth time in 40 games this season they have lost when outhitting an opponent.
Difficult duo: Mike Trout has a 12-game hitting streak and Albert Pujols has hit safely in eight straight.