Astros’ recent roster shuffle sends Michael Brantley to the injured list

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The Astros recently restructured their 40-man roster, while Michael Brantley heads to the injured list.

The Houston Astros made a series of moves on Wednesday, as they added Taylor Jones and Andre Scrubb back to the 40-man roster. In the midst of the roster shuffle, Michael Brantley was placed on the 10-day IL with right-knee soreness retroactive to Sept. 11.

Jones hit the 10-day IL after testing positive for COVID-19 about two weeks ago, while Rafael Montero was transferred to the 60-day IL to open a 40-man seat. The right-hander played in two games with the Sugar Land Skeeters in a rehab assignment, going 2-for-5 with four walks and an RBI.

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Scrubb was activated from the 60-day IL, as Robel Garcia was designated for assignment to free open a roster spot. Garcia will go through waivers, and if not claimed by another ball club, the infielder would likely be sent outright to Triple-A like Jacob Wilson. Scrubb worked 4.1 innings, allowing one run, while the right-hander had five walks to his six strikeouts in his rehab assignment.

Brantley hits the 10-day IL after being listed day-to-day and hopeful of a better update before Wednesday’s contest, as Josh James was recalled. The right-hander is making his second stint at the major-league level this season.

Also, Jason Castro will continue his rehab assignment in Double-A Corpus Christi with the Hooks on Wednesday. The left-hander played in one rehab game with the Skeeters on Monday where he slashed a single and grabbed two walks, as he did not play on Tuesday. The Skeeters are also off on Wednesdays.

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Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Martin Maldonado, Joe Espada and Alex Cintron will all wear No. 21 on Wednesday night in honor of Roberto Clemente. Bregman and Correa are out of the starting lineup.