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Houston Astros put outfielder Michael Brantley on IL with knee soreness

Houston Astros put outfielder Michael Brantley on IL with knee soreness
Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley, shown July 26, 2020, has a .315 batting average with eight home runs and 45 RBIs this season. File Photo by Trask Smith/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Houston Astros veteran outfielder Michael Brantley was placed on the injured list with right knee discomfort, the team announced Wednesday. The move was retroactive to Sunday.

Brantley had missed the Astros' past three games after exiting Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels because of the knee soreness.

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"It's disappointing. We didn't anticipate it, but we think it's better for him to make sure that he's right," Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters. "Hopefully he'll be ready when we go to Anaheim [next week].

"[The injury is] not worse, it's just that we didn't think that he was going to be ready to be 100% by the weekend. We're trying to get him back to 100% so we can make this stretch drive and hopefully into the playoffs."

Brantley also missed 12 games earlier this season because of a sore right hamstring.

The 34-year-old Brantley has a .315 batting average with eight home runs and 45 RBIs over 116 games this season. Entering Wednesday, his average ranked among the American League and MLB leaders.

The Astros (84-60) currently have a seven-game lead over the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in the AL West Division.

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