Brantley is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Giants, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brantley will head to the bench for Wednesday's series finale following a string of six straight starts during which he went 2-for-24 with a pair of doubles. The Astros are going with an outfield consisting of Kyle Tucker, Myles Straw and Josh Reddick (from left to right) in Brantley's absence.
Brantley went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Monday's 6-4 win over the Giants. Brantley delivered a two-run, ground-rule double in Houston's four-run third inning, helping to provide the cushion needed to survive the Giants' late rally. Brantley, Houston's cleanup hitter, had gone nine consecutive games without driving in a run.
Brantley (quadriceps) is hitting cleanup as Houston's designated hitter Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. As expected, Brantley has been cleared to DH after missing the past two games with a quadriceps injury. The veteran outfielder is 14-for-32 with a home run, eight runs scored, six RBI and a stolen base through nine games this season.
Manager Dusty Baker said Brantley (quadriceps) will serve as the designated hitter Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Baker indicated earlier in the day the 33-year-old was likely to sit out the series finale as a precaution, but he'll instead rejoin the starting nine after missing the past two games. Brantley is 14-for-32 with a home run, eight runs, six RBI and a stolen base to begin the season, so his return to the lineup will be a welcome sight for the Astros.
Brantley (quadriceps) is not expected to play Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Brantley is dealing with a quadriceps injury, and it sounds like manager Dusty Baker wants to play it safe and give the veteran outfielder three full days off before returning him to the lineup Friday against Oakland. Kyle Tucker is starting in place of Brantley -- who is 14-for-32 (.438) with a home run, stolen base and 5:5 BB:K in nine games this season -- on Wednesday.