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Yuli Gurriel undergoing hamate bone surgery


Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel left Astros camp and flew back to Houston the other day after experiencing discomfort around his left hand and wrist. Bad news was delivered today: he’s undergoing surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.

Hamate surgery is pretty major for a hitter. The typical timeline for recovery is six to eight weeks, but Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said Houston is looking at a five to six week recovery period.

With Gurriel gone, Marwin Gonzalez will likely be the Astros’ starting first baseman for at least the first part of the 2018 season.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.