Not the hot stove news Houston Astros fans were hoping for!
It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the 2017 World Series champions, aside from the signings of Michael Brantley and Robinson Chirinos. Now, outside of their starting rotation and bullpen concerns, there's now reason to be alarmed about Alex Bregman for the time being.
The Astros' star third baseman underwent elbow surgery on his throwing arm Friday, per a team announcement.
Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow today to remove loose bodies. He is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season.— Houston Astros (@astros) January 11, 2019
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He's expected to be limited at the start of Spring Training, but president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow said the slugger will be ready for the beginning of the regular season, which should relieve Astros fans.
Despite that relatively good news, the surgical procedure seemingly came out of nowhere. Bregman didn't deal with any injury issues in 2018 and logged 157 games in his first All-Star season in the MLB. He slashed .286/.394/.532 with 105 runs scored, 31 home runs and 103 RBI, while leading the league with 51 doubles.
Astros announce Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. pic.twitter.com/IFhdWtuLp8— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 11, 2019
Houston can't afford to have Bregman miss time considering he's emerged as arguably their best all-around hitter. He also sports Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner, is a vocal team leader, and is heavily involved with the Houston community.
With Bregman on the shelf for the foreseeable future, don't expect his social media feuds with Trevor Bauer to continue. He'll be rehabbing and focusing on getting back to action as soon as possible.