Houston will temporarily lose one of its best hitters in Brantley, who’s in his third year with the team. Brantley was a free agent in the offseason, but the Astros brought him back on a two-year, $32MM contract after he posted outstanding production in his first two seasons with the team. This season has been more of the same for Brantley, who has batted .305/.346/.455 (128 wRC+) with three home runs in 179 plate appearances.
Brantley – a former Indian who has dealt with various injuries throughout his career – has already missed eight of Houston’s 49 games this year, and he’ll add to that total now that he’s on the IL. The 34-year-old has spent the vast majority of his season in left field, though he hasn’t started there since May 22, and he hasn’t been in the Astros’ lineup since the 23rd. When Brantley hasn’t been available to man left, the Astros have used Aledmys Diaz and Chas McCormick.