Mark Lowe

Around the bags: Astros 1B Gurriel out 6 weeks as hand heals

Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will have to wait even longer before playing this season.

Gurriel had surgery on his left hand Wednesday and the normal recovery time is six weeks.

Opening day for the World Series champions is March 29, when the Astros visit Texas. When Gurriel returns, he will serve a five-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball for making an inappropriate gesture toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Gurriel's hand was broken before he came to camp. Luhnow said he did not know the original cause of the fracture.

"It was non-symptomatic until recently and...

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