Since June 26, the Astros have been without Michael Brantley. Brantley underwent an arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder on Wednesday, making a return less likely.

Brantley's time in Houston could be over as he is 35 years old and will become a free agent. Even though he no longer hit for much power, he remained an elite hitter.

In 64 games as the Astros' primary starting left fielder, Brantley batted .288 with 14 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBIs, and a .785 OPS.

"We feared it was more serious than it appeared at first," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. Michael tried his best to get back, but a couple of procedural things prevented him.

Michael's an integral part of this club, not just on the field, but also in the clubhouse, the dugout, and on the planes. It's not by accident that he's called Uncle Mike.

For now, he'll try not to bump or reinjure that shoulder for a couple of weeks. Having urged him, he wants to join this club as soon as possible."

Brantley almost signed with the Blue Jays after the 2020 season, but the Astros brought him back on a second two-year, $32 million contract. The AL batting race was won by him by hitting .311.

Third baseman Alex Bregman said it was difficult. He is one of the best teammates I have ever had. He's a great presence on the field, in the dugout, and in the clubhouse. He's awesome; he's the best.

It is tough to lose him, and we hope he has a speedy recovery and we can get him back next season.".

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