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The Cleveland Indians had no choice but to acquire Jay Bruce from New York Mets

The Indians still might not have acquired Bruce if Michael Brantley didn't take a seat in left field in the fifth inning Tuesday night after re-spraining his right ankle.

When Brantley was placed on the disabled list Wednesday morning, Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations, was already far down the road in acquiring Bruce.

"With Lonnie still a little ways off to get out on a rehab assignment and Michael sustaining the injury on Tuesday, we felt that bringing in Jay will help us while those guys are out."

Perhaps the left-handed hitting Bruce will give his former Cincinnati teammate Edwin Encarnacion better protection in the middle of the lineup than Carlos Santana.

The starting rotation, led by 10-game winners Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, has found its groove.


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