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“Disappointing but not surprising” “Tough blow for playoffs” – Houston Astros fans left worrying after All-Star OF Michael Brantley undergoes season-ending surgery

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will miss the remainder of the ongoing season, an official club statement confirmed on Friday.

The veteran outfielder underwent an arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder, an issue that has been bothering him for quite some time.

Brantley has been out of action since June, and the full extent of his shoulder struggles wasn’t known until now.

Houston #Astros All-Star OF Michael Brantley underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Tough blow to the Astros offense.

“Houston #Astros All-Star OF Michael Brantley underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Tough blow to the Astros offense.” – Bob Nightengale

The Astros have been vague regarding the nature of Brantley’s injury. Last month, GM James Click said that there were no updates on Brantley except to wait for his shoulder inflammation to get better.

Now it’s clear that Brantley suffered severe structural damage, and fans are praying for his speedy recovery.

@BNightengale @hoynsie Brantley always seems like a nice guy. Hope he’s ok. Shoulders are nothing to fool around with (I’ve had 5 rotator cuff surgeries and they’re no fun).

Astros fans are naturally concerned as to the impact Brantley’s absence would have on their postseason ambitions. Brantley has averaged .288 with 14 doubles, five homers, 26 RBIs and .785 OPS in 64 games this year.

@BNightengale Oh nooooooo. This is not good as the playoffs are almost here

The Houston Astros have coped well in Brantley’s absence since June, as they continue to dominate proceedings in the AL West. Naturally, some fans are inclined to believe that their team will do just fine during the postseason without him.

@BNightengale Astros were 45-27 last time Brantley played. They are 72-41 now, having gone 27-14 since, a .659 win percentage. “Tough blow”

@BNightengale Literally hasn’t played since June… still have the best record in the AL

This is not the first time that the 35-year-old has gone under the knife for shoulder troubles. Back in November 2015, Brantley underwent another surgery to fix a small tear in his labrum.

Michael Brantley may have played his final Houston Astros game

Brantley is in the final year of his $32 million contract. He might have played his last MLB game for the Houston Astros, should he choose not to renew.

His contributions to the club since joining in 2019 have been immense. The influence of “Uncle Mike” goes beyond stats, as manager Dusty Baker promptly pointed out when he was asked about Brantley’s latest shoulder update.

Dusty Baker on Michael Brantley returning to the team after he recovers from surgery: “He’s not called Uncle Mike for nothing…he wants to come around as soon as he can and be a part of this club. There are a lot of these guys that depend on him” #Astros https://t.co/bwrk0b1usH

“He’s not called Uncle Mike for nothing…he wants to come around as soon as he can and be a part of this club. There are a lot of these guys that depend on him” – Dusty Baker

Brantley has batted a combined .306/.368/.464 in around 379 regular-season plate appearances for the Astros. This excludes the additional 211 postseason plate appearances in which he averaged .314/.376/.408.

If that’s the end of Uncle Mike’s run in Houston colors, well, what a ride it has been.




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