Astros loses veteran slugger for rest of season after surgery

The Houston Astros are sitting pretty in the division and as a whole, but they’ll end the 2022 season without an experienced hitter in the roster.

It would be difficult for them Houston Astros much to complain about at this point in the season. The club has an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West – despite such a strong team – and has the best record in the entire American League, having overtaken the Yankees.

But as the Astros Clearly on track to not only make the playoffs but also embark on a deep postseason run, the latest injury update from Houston is at least mildly alarming.

On Friday, the team announced that veteran outfielder Michael Brantley has undergone surgery and will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season.

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Brantley has been off the line-up since June 27 with what was originally described as a shoulder ailment, but that has obviously turned out to be worse than originally anticipated.

Before the injury, the 35-year-old fielder was batting north of .280 in the season with an OPS just under .800.

Obviously, the Astros more than survived without Brantley in the lineup, but you can’t underestimate the value of a good, experienced hitter in the lineup when the playoffs roll around. This feels like the kind of absence that might not seem very important in the long run in the regular season, but could be pretty obvious in October.

With that in mind, the team traded for Trey Mancini as of deadline, who can fill the corner squares in the outfield and has quality cast members who replaced Brantley. So don’t expect Houston to be going anywhere now or in the postseason after this news. Astros loses veteran slugger for rest of season after surgery

John Verrall

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