Astros' Yuli Gurriel returns to Houston to have surgery on hand

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has left spring training to return to Houston to have surgery on his left hand.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has left spring training to return to Houston to have surgery on his left hand.

Manager A.J. Hinch confirmed the update Wednesday morning.

Hinch said the surgery was successful on the left hamate bone, and is expected to be out six weeks.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Gurriel posted a photo to Instagram from his hospital room.

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Gurriel was scratched from Monday's game against the Marlins with what the team said was discomfort in his left wrist. Hinch said Tuesday the injury is actually to the hand, not the wrist.

Hinch said at the time he didn't have much information about the injury. When asked if he were concerned, he said: "We're concerned enough to send him back to Houston."

Gurriel, a former Cuban star, is entering his third season in the majors. Last season, he hit .299 with 18 homers and 75 RBI.