A setback has put Michael Brantley's goal of being ready for Opening Day in jeopardy.
The Indians outfielder was scheduled to undergo a follow-up exam on his surgically repaired right shoulder and will not play in any games in the upcoming week.
"He's going to talk to [Dr. Mark Schickendantz] again today and try to plan maybe a little course of action here," Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday. "He had a pretty good day in the training room getting loose, a better day than he had yesterday. We'll kind of wait and see what they say moving forward.
"I don't think you're going to see him playing in a major league game this week, that's for sure. But how we go about the next two, three, four days, I think we'll have a better idea, maybe [after the meeting with the doctor]."
Brantley, who underwent surgery in November, played in two games during spring training, but has been held out of action since Monday. Francona said Brantley's shoulder did not respond as well as hoped.
"I think it was healthy for him to shoot for [Opening Day]," Francona said. "Anytime you have a goal, I think it's good. I hope he's not disappointed. I think maybe he understands probably better than anybody here what he means to this team. But there's not one ounce of disappointment in me. I'm proud of him, man.
"He busted his [tail] and he'll continue to do that. It might be a week later. It might be 10 days. He's going to be just fine. We've just got to do it right. It was easy to do it right, because of our trust with him and his honesty with us."
Brantley injured his shoulder trying to make a diving catch in Minnesota on Sept. 22. He received a cortisone shot and tried to play as the Indians hung around in the American League wild-card chase but was eventually shut down.
The 28-year-old battled injuries throughout last season but still batted .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 137 games.