Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi and outfielder Michael Brantley have both been placed on the 10-day Injured List. Odorizzi is dealing with right foot soreness, while Brantley is battling right knee discomfort. Both players are hoping to get fully healthy before postseason time.
Odorizzi got hurt covering first base in Houston’s game on Monday. The pitcher was noticeably uncomfortable after the play. He tried to stay in the game, but after throwing a warm-up pitch, decided he could not go any further. Odorizzi underwent an MRI on Tuesday, and the team decided it would be best for him to spend some time on the Injured List.
Zack Greinke was activated to take Odorizzi’s place on the active roster. His return off the COVID IL did not go according to plan, giving up eight runs in five plus innings.
Overall, Odorizzi has made 21 starts (and one relief appearance) in 2021. He has posted a 4.22 ERA in 96 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, Brantley felt soreness in his knee during Saturday’s game and subsequently left that game. He missed the following three games, but there was no improvement, leading to his placement on the IL. Dusty Baker told reporters that the focus is to, “get him back to 100%,” for the playoffs. There has been no corresponding roster move yet.
Brantley has dealt with a couple of injuries in 2021, including a hamstring injury that also landed him on the IL. It has been another effective season by the veteran when he has been healthy. Across 493 plate appearances, the 34-year-old is slashing .315/.367/.441. His .315 batting average entering Wednesday is third in the American League. He has gone deep eight times and added on 29 doubles as well. Brantley has scored 68 runs and driven in 45. He has hit over .300 in each of his three seasons with the Astros, batting .311 over that span.
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