Bregman had surgery, likely ready for season

Astros All-Star infielder Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday morning to remove loose bodies, Astros president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow announced.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff in Houston, means Bregman will be limited at the start of Spring Training. He is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season, which begins on March 28 at Tampa.

Bregman, 24, is coming off a career season in which he hit .286 with career highs in homers (31), RBIs (103), doubles (51), walks (96), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.926). He led the Astros in runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBIs, walks and OPS and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game after hitting the game-winning homer for the American League.

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Bregman will be “limited” at the start of spring training, according to a statement disseminated Friday morning, but the Astros expect their reigning All-Star infielder to be ready to play prior to opening day against the Rays on March 28.

“It’s a decision that he made together with us to take care of it now,” Luhnow said. “I think he probably could have been fine playing with it this season, but if it became symptomatic this season, we’d be losing games and doing it now allows us to get him back before the season starts.”

Bregman approached the team around New Year’s Day to complain of discomfort, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. The loose bodies were discovered in a doctor visit “a couple days ago,” leading Bregman and the club to make a mutual decision for an operation. If recovery takes longer than planned, Aledmys Diaz could see an expanded role early in the season.

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