George Postolos steps down as Astros president and CEO

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George Postolos, who was hired as Astros president and CEO when Jim Crane took over as owner in late 2011, announced today that he’s resigning from the job.

According to his MLB.com bio Postolos “had worked with Crane for five years in pursuing an MLB franchise before ultimately completing the purchase of the Astros.”

Postolos was previously the president and CEO of the Rockets and the idea at the time was that he’d be a good fit with the Astros’ new-school front office.

While both sides’ press releases make it sound like an amicable parting of ways, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that “there was an increasing divide within Astros and many were unhappy with decisions made by Postolos.”

Michael Brantley has ankle surgery, to be sidelined 4-5 months

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The Cleveland Indians just announced that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery yesterday, aimed at stabilizing ligaments. He’s expected to be able to resume baseball activities in 4-5 months, which is likely to delay the beginning of his 2018 season.

Brantley only played in 90 games for the Indians in 2017, sitting out most of August and all of September, but returning for the postseason. He injured the ankle in a game against the Rockies on August 8 and it never did get quite right, as his 1-for-11 line in the ALDS suggested. On the season as a whole Brantley hit .299/.357/.444 with nine homers and 52 driven in.

Brantley’s contract expires with the 2017 season, but there is a 2018 team option at a relatively reasonable $11 million. While he has only played 101 games in the past two seasons combined due to injuries, his strong performance from 2012-2015, and his status as a team leader, will likely lead the Indians to exercise that option.