Tribe to be cautious with Brantley in Sept.

Outfielder dealing with sore left foot; Miller to throw side session Saturday; Francona happy for Mejia

September 7th, 2018

TORONTO -- With their magic number to clinch the American League Central down to seven, the Indians are going to be extra cautious with , who was out of the lineup Friday night against the Blue Jays.

"I'm probably being a little overprotective," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I think it's probably the prudent thing to do."

The 31-year-old Brantley has been dealing with a left foot injury he sustained when he fouled a ball off the top of his foot in the third inning of Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Brantley is hitting .303 with an .819 OPS and 14 home runs in 125 games this season.

Injury notes

will throw a side session on Saturday before he's re-evaluated by the team.

The team had no update on , who is continuing to recover from the stress fracture in his right fibula that landed him on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 14.

Mejia homers twice for Padres

Francona isn't upset about 's offensive outburst with the Padres on Thursday night.

"When a kid leaves, you don't stop thinking they're a great kid or good player," Francona said. "We knew to get [Brad] Hand and [Adam] Cimber we had to give up something good, so unless we're playing him, I hope he rakes."

Mejía is MLB Pipeline's No. 21 prospect had been the the Indians' No. 1 prospect prior to being dealt on July 19.