Francona said that it was "a bit premature" to think Brantley will require a stint on the disabled list.
"We will certainly do whatever the medical staff tells us we should do," Francona said. "He's doing pretty good. I think we just want to make sure he can continue to play when he does and not have to have setbacks. That's not fair to him."
Brantley began this season on the 15-day DL, but he was activated on April 25 after a Minor League rehab assignment. In his 11 games since rejoining the Indians, the left fielder has hit .231 (9-for-39) with two doubles, seven RBIs and six strikeouts. Brantley had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 9 to repair a labral tear in his non-throwing shoulder.
"If we need to be more patient," Francona said, "and let him continue to get some treatment, we'll do that."
Carrasco back on a mound
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who has been on the 15-day DL since April 25 due to a left hamstring injury, threw off the mound on Friday at Progressive Field. Francona noted that Carrasco would threw another bullpen session on Monday before potentially advancing to a simulated game. The pitcher also continued to do agility work in the outfield on Friday.
"The fact that he's doing that is good, actually great," Francona said of the mound workouts. "He's doing really well with all his stuff. We'll just kind of listen to him and the medical people, but he's doing very well. [He's] probably 80-percent running, which I think is really well for the time period."
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.