Hernia surgery will sideline Gattis 4-6 weeks

- Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis underwent hernia surgery that will require a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Gattis told FOX 26 Sports in a text message that he had the surgery Tuesday morning in Philadelphia, Pa.

He said his surgeon is Dr. William C. Meyers.

Gattis had 27 home runs and 11 triples for the Astros last season, while driving in 88 runs and hitting .246.

Gattis and the Astros are set to go to an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

Gattis is asking for $3.8 million, while the Astros are offering $3 million.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Astros confirmed that Gattis underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, according to team general manager Jeff Luhnow. Gattis will report to Spring Training as scheduled and will rehabilitate his injury with the Astros medical staff.

The Astros first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 23.

In his first season with the Astros, Gattis reached career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (88), leading the club in both categories.

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