Michael Brantley has been out all year, but there is some positive news for Houston Astros slugger.
Last Saturday, Brantley took live batting practice, according to Matt Kawahara, from the Houston Chronicle.
This was his first on-field hitting work since he got shut down again in early July due to renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired right shoulder. The player has been sidelined all season and there is still no timetable for his 2023 debut.
For the next days, we must wait to see how he responds and if he’s able to repeat his swing without discomfort.
If the Astros can get him back for the stretch run, he’d certainly be a big help to the lineup, since Brantley he’s a career .298 hitter across 14 seasons and owns an excellent lifetime .356 on-base percentage.
In four years with Houston, Brantley has been better than those averages, hitting .306 with a .368 on-base percentage. He is a five-time All-Star who has also won a Silver Slugger award.