Smoke signals

Smoke signals
• Indians center fielder Michael Brantley (left groin) was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday for the third consecutive game. With a team off-day on Thursday, Cleveland is hopeful Brantley will be able to return to the lineup on Friday.

"We're just going to take advantage of the day off," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We'll give him the day off [Wednesday], plus tomorrow, and he should be ready to go."

• Indians closer Chris Perez established a new single-season career best on Tuesday by collecting his 37th save -- one more than he had last year. It was the 97th save of his Indians career, which puts him fourth on the team's all-time list behind Bob Wickman (139), Doug Jones (129) and Jose Mesa (104).

• Indians infielder Jason Donald, who has not played since Sept. 14 because of a right hand injury, continued to work through hitting and fielding drills on Wednesday. Manager Manny Acta is hopeful that Donald will be available for full duties on Friday.