CLEVELAND -- One of Michael Brantley's goals this past season was to stay on the field as much as possible for an Indians team that has been plagued by injuries in recent years. To do so, the center fielder had to play through pain at times.
On Thursday, Brantley underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on the left side of his abdomen -- an injury that bothered him in the second half. The 30-minute procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia and requires a recovery period of approximately three to six weeks.
Brantley toughed it out over the season's second half and ended the year with a career-high 149 games played.
"I'm very proud of that," Brantley said at the end of the season. "I was going out there each and every day and battling with my team and staying healthy. That's something I needed to do. It was something that was in my goals at the start of spring, and it's something I'm looking forward to doing, hopefully, for many years."
Brantley, 25, led Cleveland with a .288 average (a career high) and set personal bests with a .348 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage. The outfielder ended the season with six home runs, 37 doubles, four triples, 60 RBIs and 63 runs scored for the Tribe.
From May 20-June 15, Brantley turned in a 22-game hitting streak that helped him cruise through the rest of the season, offensively. Beginning with May 20, Brantley hit .301 with a .368 OBP and a .418 SLG over his final 111 games, following a .255/.295/.363 slash line over his first 38 games.
"Michael was probably our most consistent player from the beginning of the season to the end," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "He's one of those guys that can step forward in a leadership role both on the field and in the clubhouse."
Brantley is expected to be at full strength in time for Spring Training.