Brantley on Indians’ ALDS roster after latest comeback

Brantley has been testing his ankle and may be able to play in the field during the series.

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, is looked at by a trainer in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. Brantley left the game in the fifth inning. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley, right, is looked at by a trainer in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. Brantley left the game in the fifth inning. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians All-Star Michael Brantley has made yet another comeback.

The left fielder is on Cleveland’s AL Division Series roster after it appeared his season might end because of an ankle ligament injury. Brantley missed 50 games after Aug. 8 when he got hurt but worked his way back and is expected to be used in a pinch-hitting role against the New York Yankees.

Brantley has been testing his ankle and may be able to play in the field during the series. He batted .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games.

Indians manager Terry Francona is carrying 11 pitchers, seven infielders, five outfielders and two catchers on the 25-man roster. The most notable omissions were relievers Nick Goody, Dan Otero and Zach McAllister, who appeared in a combined 158 games.

New York manager Joe Girardi has 12 pitchers. He was forced to go to his bullpen early in the wild-card game when Luis Severino was chased in the first inning.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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