HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Astros are currently the best team in the American League, but the defending AL champions got the worst news on their way back to the World Series.
All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley, who has not played for the ‘Stros since June 26, will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Friday. The 35-year-old underwent an arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder, which saw him sidelined.
Brantley reportedly sought a second opinion earlier this week after missing six weeks of action.
The video above is from an Eyewitness News stream about the Astros’ chances heading into the second half of the 2022 season.
He hit a .288 batting average with 26 runs and 5 home runs.
The Astros, who open a three-game series against Oakland on Friday night, have mostly used designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and utility player Aledmys Diaz in left during Brantley’s absence.
General manager James Click acquired Trey Mancini, who is typically positioned at first base, left field and DH, to shore up the depth.
Brantley is in his fourth season in Houston. He has earned two All-Star nods while in an Astros uniform.
Brantley is a free agent after 2022.
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