Gattis out for four to six weeks

Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis will be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.  

Gattis went under the knife on Tuesday, and is expected to recover in time to join the Astros for spring training in Florida where he will continue his rehabilitation under the guidance of the team’s medical staff.

The 29-year-old was traded to Huston from the Atlanta Braves in January last year and he enjoyed a successful first season with the Astros as he led the team with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs.

Gattis’ performance during the 2015 season played a vital role in helping the Astros reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The Astros were beaten 3-2 by the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series. The Royals went on to win the World Series.