Brantley undergoes ankle surgery, out 4-5 months

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CLEVELAND -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent surgery on Wednesday in Charlotte helping stabilize ligaments in his right ankle. The Indians announced that Brantley will not be able to resume baseball activities for 4-5 months following his recent surgery.

Brantley, 30, played in 90 games this past season and was called up during the MLB Playoffs to DH for the Tribe when Edwin Encarnacion was injured in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees. 

In 2016, Brantley missed nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury.

After the 2017 World Series, the Indians will have three days to decide whether to exercise a one-year club option on Brantley for $12 million or let him become a free agent for a $1 million buyout.

- Nick Camino

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