Astros’ Michael Brantley Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley in 2019
Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley in 2019. Photo by Prentice C James/CSM/Shutterstock (10369679u)

The Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder. The absence of the 35-year-old player is a major cause of concern for the Astros, who currently lead the AL West with a 72-41 record.

General manager James Click revealed on Friday that the team was considering several avenues in order to help Brantley overcome his injury. “ultimately, after consultation with our trainers and doctors, we … came to the conclusion that this [surgery] was the right path for him long-term for his health,” Click admitted.

Astros manager Dusty Baker added that several procedures were attempted before resorting to surgery, all of which ultimately proved ineffective. Nicknamed “Uncle Mike”, Brantley is an essential leadership figure in the team, Baker commented, emphasizing the rift that is left in the team due to his absence.

Brantley impressed during the postseason, batting .319 with nine RBIs during the Astros’ run to the World Series. He is a five-time All-Star and a .298 hitter, racking up 127 homers and 713 RBIs in 1,430 regular season games.