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    CLEVELAND -- The Indians carried Michael Brantley on Abraham Almonte Authentic Jersey their American League Division Series roster not only because they felt the veteran earned it, but due to his ability to be a factor as a pinch-hitter off the bench. Manager Terry Francona has noted that Brantley's role could expand, and that could happen as soon as Game 3 tonight in New York.

    Prior to Game 2 of the ALDS Bob Feller Authentic Jersey presented by Doosan against the Yankees, Francona said that Brantley would continue to test his recovering right ankle during Saturday's workout at Yankee Stadium. If all goes well, Brantley might be cleared to start in left field tonight against New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
    "That's kind of the plan -- maybe," Francona said. "We want to, No. 1, make sure he's OK. But I think things are looking like we're going to be able to do that. I'll certainly check with him six more times, but I think he's going to be OK."

    Brantley sustained a right Bryan Shaw Authentic Jersey ankle ligament injury on Aug. 8 and was sidelined until Sept. 30, when he returned with a 10-pitch at-bat that ended with a pinch-hit single against the White Sox. Brantley had three at-bats within the season's final two games, showing just enough to earn a spot on the ALDS roster.

    In 90 games this season, Brantley hit .299 with nine homers, 20 doubles, 52 RBIs and an .801 OPS, and he was named to the AL All-Star team. A year ago, the outfielder missed the postseason while recovering from right biceps and shoulder woes that limited him to 11 games last season.

    Returning to the starting lineup tonight would be a long-awaited moment for Brantley.
    "That's kind of where we're at," Francona said. "He's, I think, getting to that point."