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Bregman has surgery in Houston, to miss weekend NM fundraisers

Houston Astros third baseman and Albuquerque native Alex Bregman had arthroscopic surgery on Friday in Houston to remove loose bodies from his right elbow.

Bregman was scheduled to participate in this weekend’s Albuquerque Baseball Academy fundraiser events — today in Farmington and Sunday in Albuquerque — but now he’s out.

Ryan Brewer of the ABA said he had talked to Bregman on Thursday, and it was his understanding that he had hoped to schedule the surgery for another day.

But “with spring training approaching, (the Astros) wanted to get it done as quickly as possible,” Brewer said. “Bad luck, bad timing.”

Bregman told that he had experienced discomfort in the arm before, but that it had increased around the recent Christmas holidays.

The Astros say Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff operated Friday in Houston and that they expect the 24-year-old will be ready to play before the season opener on March 28 at Tampa Bay.

Brewer said ABA has emailed all who have registered for this weekend’s to update them with the Bregman news.

ABA is running its Grinders for Grace camp today in Farmington, with Blake Swihart (of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox), Mitch Garver (Minnesota Twins) and former big leaguer Jordan Pacheco among those participating. The camp started in 2016 to raise money for the Grace Morrissey Medical Foundation. Grace Morrisey, daughter of Strike Zone’s head instructor, Adam Morrissey, suffered a brain hemorrhage following her birth on May 20, 2012.

On Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ABA hosts the Alex Bregman and Mitch Garver camp for kids to benefit the Justin Solomon Medical Fund, the Faith Kuhn Medical Fund, Bregman’s AB for Autism, the Martin Romero Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Clayton Brack Medical Fund. ABA caps its weekend with a “Dinner with the Pros” fundraiser Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park. Garver and Swihart are expected to participate.

“It’s going to be OK. We have some great guys,” Brewer said.

Bregman, an Albuquerque Academy graduate, was a first-time All-Star last year, homered in the game and was selected MVP of the American League’s win.

He set career highs with a .286 average, a major league-leading 51 doubles, 31 homers and 103 RBIs.

The second overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft out of LSU, he has hit .282 with 58 homers and 208 RBIs in 2½ seasons with the Astros.