Yuli Gurriel undergoing hamate bone surgery

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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.