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Top Michael Brantley News

  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Status uncertain for rest of season

    Astros general manager James Click wouldn't commit Sunday to Brantley (shoulder) being able to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of the season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. "We hope [Brantley will return in 2022], but with every passing day, you have to kind of take an honest look at it," Click said.

    Click added that he had "no update" on Brantley's status while the 35-year-old hasn't yet been cleared to swing a bat since mid-July, a couple weeks after he initially landed on the IL. Though the end of the regular season is just under two months away, Brantley will likely still need to make some meaningful progress over the next couple of weeks for the Astros to feel more confident about his chances of playing again in 2022. In the meantime, the Astros will lean on a combination of Trey Mancini, Aledmys Diaz, Chas McCormick and Mauricio Dubon to replace Brantley in the everyday lineup.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Still not swinging

    Brantley (shoulder) said Wednesday he hasn't swung a bat since landing on the 10-day injured list June 28 and is without a timeline to resume doing so, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I don't want to put a timetable on [swinging a bat] because then I don't know if it's pushing too hard or not pushing hard enough. It's literally day by day," Brantley said.

    Brantley's lack of meaningful progress in his recovery from the injury may have influenced the Astros' decision to acquire Trey Mancini from the Orioles prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. The fact that Brantley hasn't yet been moved to the 60-day injured list offers some hope that he'll be back in action by the second half of August, but a clearer target date for his return won't be established until he begins to ramp up his baseball activities.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Not yet taking swings

    Manager Dusty Baker said Thursday that Brantley (shoulder) has yet to resume swinging a bat, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    It was reported last week that Brantley was close to taking swings, but it appears the veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared. The 35-year-old's recovery from the shoulder injury, which put him on the injured list in late June, has been slow, and it's unclear when he's expected to retake the field for the Astros.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Activity beginning soon

    Brantley (shoulder) could begin swinging a bat within the next week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    Brantley has been sidelined since June 26 and has made limited progress since. He'll take the first step in his return to the field but will need to ramp up his activity and complete a rehab appearance prior to being activated. Brantley could return at some point in early August.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Slow progress in recovery

    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Brantley is in the "same spot" with his recovery from right shoulder discomfort since initially landing on the injured list June 28, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. "We just hope for the better. That was the shoulder he got operated on years ago. He's still a little sore," Baker said of Brantley.

    Baker indicated that Brantley appeared to take a step forward after he was cleared to hit last Thursday, but the 35-year-old had to be shut back down while he continued to experience discomfort. With that in mind, Brantley doesn't look like he'll be ready to come off the IL following the All-Star break, and a clearer timeline for his return likely won't be available until he resumes baseball activities.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Slated for re-evaluation

    Brantley (shoulder) has flown back to Houston to be further evaluated by team doctors, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

    Brantley landed on the injured list with a shoulder issue in late June and has made slow progress in his recovery over the last few weeks. The 35-year-old took swings Tuesday but didn't feel good afterward and will have his rehab process slowed as a result. While manager Dusty Baker said that Brantley hasn't encountered a setback, it's not yet clear when the outfielder will be able to return to game action.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Lacks definitive return timeline

    Astros manager Dusty Baker said over the weekend that Brantley (shoulder) is without a timeline for a return, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Brantley became eligible to come off the 10-day injured list last Friday, but the 35-year-old apparently wasn't close to being activated. Baker has been notoriously evasive when asked about players' injuries this season, but he at least revealed that Brantley's aching right shoulder has been "slow to respond" since he landed on the IL on June 28. Brantley had been spotted running in the outfield Friday, but he has yet to resume any hitting activity, which will be the true barometer for the health of his shoulder. Fantasy managers shouldn't count on Brantley returning before the All-Star break, and more clarity on where he stands in his recovery may not come until the Astros reconvene after the Midsummer Classic.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Progressing slowly in recovery

    Manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Brantley (shoulder) hasn't yet resumed hitting, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Brantley landed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort Tuesday, and Baker said that the injury has "responded kind of slow" so far. Baker acknowledged that Brantley might not be able to return when first eligible July 7, and the team figures to take a cautious approach to prevent a more significant injury.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Goes on IL

    The Astros placed Brantley (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    After exiting Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees with right shoulder discomfort, Brantley apparently didn't show enough improvement following Monday's team off day to avoid a trip to the IL. Houston will call up Chas McCormick to provide reinforcement in the outfield, and the Astros could use a committee of him, Mauricio Dubon, Aledmys Diaz and J.J. Matijevic to fill Brantley's vacated spot in the starting nine. Brantley will be eligible to come off the IL on July 7.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Exits with shoulder discomfort

    Brantley was removed in the top of the eighth inning of Sunday's game against the Yankees with right shoulder discomfort, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts prior to departing.

    Brantley was serving as the Astros' designated hitter for the series finale in New York, so his shoulder discomfort must have surfaced at some point during one of his plate appearances earlier in the game. J.J. Matijevic entered the game as a replacement for Brantley, who can be viewed as day-to-day heading into Tuesday's series opener with the Mets.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Tallies 26th RBI

    Brantley went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Mets.

    Brantley did all of his damage in the first inning as part of a four-run rally by the Astros. He has at least one hit in 15 of his 16 starts in June, also racking up 10 RBI and 11 runs scored while hitting .381. Brantley continues to be a steady producer, as he now has a very familiar .298/.378/.434 line across 260 plate appearances on the season.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Hits grand slam in win

    Brantley went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and an additional run scored in Friday's victory over the White Sox.

    Alex Bregman knocked in Brantley on a home run in the first inning, then Brantley launched one of his own in the sixth. His grand slam sent Yuli Gurriel, Aledmys Diaz and Chas McCormick home and extended Houston's lead to 10-3. The veteran outfielder is on a 12-game hit streak, including seven multi-hit games, all of which have come in June. Brantley has a 1.108 OPS in June and is slashing .302/.384/.439 on the season.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Pair of RBI, runs

    Brantley went 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Marlins.

    Brantley took advantage of Houston hitters getting on base in front of him, as he drove in both of his runs on groundouts. The performance also extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which Brantley has driven in four and scored five runs. He's maintained a strong .291/.378/.418 line across 226 plate appearances this season.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Smacks fourth homer

    Brantley went 2-for-3 with two walks, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Marlins.

    He got the Astros on the board by taking Pablo Lopez deep in the bottom of the first inning, but the Marlins were already ahead 2-0 and never relinquished their lead. Brantley is posting his usual numbers in his age-35 season, slashing .293/.380/.426 through 50 games with four homers, one steal, 18 RBI and 19 runs. The home run was Brantley's first since May 17.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Riding pine Sunday

    Brantley is not in Sunday's lineup against the Royals.

    Brantley is hitting .229 with zero home runs and one steal over his last 10 games. Mauricio Dubon will start in center field with Chas McCormick moving to left.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Not in lineup Wednesday

    Brantley is not starting in Wednesday's series finale versus the Athletics.

    Brantley will get a breather Wednesday after starting 11 games in a row, notching at least one hit in seven of those contests. Chas McCormick will take over in left field while Mauricio Dubon enters the lineup in center and bats eighth.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Notches steal Sunday

    Brantley went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a walk in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

    At 35 years old, it's no surprise Brantley isn't running as often as he used to -- this was his second attempt and first successful steal of the year. The veteran outfielder hasn't attempted more than five steals since 2018, so any speed contributions are icing on the cake. With the bat, he's hit safely in eight of the last 10 games, going 8-for-31 (.258) in that span. He's posted a steady .280/.367/.408 slash line with three home runs, 16 RBI, 16 runs scored, nine doubles and a triple in 42 contests this season.

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  • Astros' Michael Brantley: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Brantley is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers.

    Brantley started the past 16 games and will receive a day off after posting an .805 OPS during that stretch. Chas McCormick will shift to left field while Jose Siri starts in center.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Bellevue, WA
Age: 35
Experience: 11
Bats/Throws: L, L