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The Houston Astros are sitting pretty in the division and as a whole, but they’ll finish the 2022 season without a veteran bat in the lineup. 

It’d be hard for the Houston Astros to have much of a complaint about anything at this point of the season. The club is sporting an 11-game lead in the AL West over the Seattle Mariners — despite that team surging — and has the best record in the American League as a whole as they’ve overtaken the Yankees.

Yet, as the Astros are clearly on a trajectory to not just make the playoffs but also go on a deep postseason run, the latest injury update out of Houston is at least minorly alarming.

On Friday, the team announced that veteran outfielder Michael Brantley underwent surgery and will be out for the rest of the 2022 season.

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley underwent an arthroscopic labral repair on his right shoulder, the team announced. He’s out for the season.

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Astros: Michael Brantley out for season after undergoing shoulder surgery

Brantley has been out of the lineup since June 27 with what was initially called shoulder discomfort, but that has obviously proven to be worse than initially expected.

Prior to the injury, the 35-year-old outfielder was hitting north of .280 with an OPS just a hair under .800 on the season.

Obviously, the Astros have more than survived without Brantley in the lineup, but you can’t underestimate the value of a good, experienced bat in the lineup when the playoffs roll around. This feels like the type of absence that may not seem abundantly important down the stretch in the regular season but could be quite apparent when October rolls around.

With that said, the team did trade for Trey Mancini, who can man the corner outfield spots, at the deadline and have quality performers who have filled in with Brantley out. As such, don’t expect Houston to be going anywhere now or in the postseason after this news.

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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes delivers brutal dig at Jadon Sancho and Antony after derby thrashing to City

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Paul Scholes slammed Jadon Sancho and Antony's performance in the derby against Manchester City.

United were thrashed 6-3 by their fierce rivals at the Etihad following a hat-trick by Erling Haaland and Phil Foden in a poor display by the visitors who were 4-0 down by half-time.

4Manchester United legend Paul Scholes slammed Jadon Sancho and AntonyCredit: Getty 4Manchester United hero Paul Scholes used Ryan Giggs and David Beckham as examples

Scholes took to Instagram after full-time and shared a picture of fellow greats Ryan Giggs and David Beckham from back in their glory years.

The legendary midfielder appeared to be taking a dig at wingers Sancho and Antony for not helping Tyrell Malacia and Diogo Dalot respectively at full-back.

Scholes posted: "Anyone remember when wingers used to help their full-backs?"

Giggs and Beckham stood out for their attacking prowess but also offered tremendous support to Denis Irwin and Gary Neville respectively at the back.

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Dalot and Malacia were both booked by the 23rd minute and a lot of City's attacks came down the flanks.

United manager Erik ten Hag had the option of bringing in one of the best ever players to cover the flanks up front in Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Ronaldo remained on the bench throughout the entirety of the Manchester derby "out of respect".

Ten Hag explained: "I didn't bring him on out of respect for his big career.

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"And the other thing, there was then the advantage I could bring Anthony Martial on.

"He needs the minutes but I don't want to point it out like that."

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