Marco Scutaro has a hip strain

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The x-rays were negative, and now we have an official diagnosis on Marco Scutaro’s hip per the MRI:

Scutaro stayed in the game for a while, but it wouldn’t be at all shocking to see Ryan Theriot manning the keystone in Game 3.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.