Washington (AFP) - Houston Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman, who helped the Major League Baseball club win the 2017 World Series, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday to remove loose bodies.
The Astros announced that Bregman will be limited in next month's start of training camp but is expected to be ready for Houston's season opener on March 28 at Tampa Bay.
"I'll be ready...believe that...fixing to kick this rehabs ass," Bregman tweeted.
Bregman, the Most Valuable Player in last year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game after hitting the game-winning home run for the American League, also helped the United States to victory in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The 24-year-old infielder batted .286 last year with career highs of 31 homers, 103 runs batted in, an AL-best 51 doubles and 96 walks.
In 2017, Bregman became only the second player to drive in a run in each of his first five World Series games, matching the feat of Amos Otis from 1980, and the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games for the title.
The Astros infield has had surgery to other key players during the off-season. Second baseman Jose Altuve underwent right knee surgery last October and shortstop Carlos Correa had surgery in November to repair a deviated septum.