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Michael Brantley could return from concussion Saturday

Jun 18, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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Indians outfielder Michael Brantley suffered a mild concussion on Monday evening when he banged his head and neck on the knee of Angels infielder John McDonald while trying to break up a doubleplay.

But he is expected to avoid the disabled list.

Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian on Wednesday that Brantley has been “passing tests each day” and could return to the starting lineup Saturday night against the Tigers. Brantley is expected to go through a workout Thursday to determine whether he’s fully symptom-free.

The 27-year-old has been a breakout star in the early going this season, boasting a .323/.391/.519 batting line with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 69 games. Brantley has also tallied nine stolen bases in nine attempts.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Very good news. John McDonald’s knee is a dangerous weapon. When a collision between his knee and Justin Morneau’s head caused a concussion, the result was much more serious. It took Morneau a very long time to recover.

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