Bregman, 24, had arthroscopic surgery Friday on his right elbow to remove loose bodies.

Alex Bregman injury update: Astros third baseman undergoes elbow surgery

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday to remove loose bodies, the team announced.  

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Bregman talked to the Astros about discomfort in his elbow around New Year's Day and that the loose bodies were discovered during a doctor visit "a couple days ago," according to the Houston Chronicle. Both sides agreed surgery would be the best option for Bregman.

“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.”

While the 24-year-old will be limited in spring training, he is expected to be healthy and ready to go by the season opener at the Rays on March 28.

Bregman posted on Twitter following the announcement of his surgery: "I’ll be ready ...believe that... fixing to kick this rehabs a—."

Bregman had a strong season last year with a .286/.394/.532 slash line, adding 31 homers and 10 stolen bases with 103 RBIs. He was named MVP of the All-Star Game in his first appearance.

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