With knee pain, the Houston Astros placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the disabled list.

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With knee pain, the Houston Astros placed outfielder Michael Brantley on the disabled list.

The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that veteran outfielder Michael Brantley has been placed on the disabled list due to right knee soreness. The change took effect on Sunday.

Brantley had been out of the Astros’ last three games due to knee pain after leaving Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

“It’s disheartening. We weren’t expecting it, but we think it’s best for him to double-check his facts,” Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters. “Hopefully, when we go to Anaheim [next week], he’ll be ready.

“[The ailment] isn’t getting any worse; we just didn’t anticipate he’d be ready to play 100 percent by the weekend. We’re working to bring him back to 100 percent so we can finish the season strong and make the playoffs.”

Brantley also missed 12 games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury in his right leg.

Brantley, 34, has a.315 batting average this season with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in 116 games. His batting average was among the best in the American League and MLB as of Wednesday.

The Astros (84-60) lead the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in the AL West Division by seven games.

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