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Alex Bregman ‘feels great’ as recovery from surgery ramps up

Alex Bregman is making significant strides in his recovery from offseason arthroscopic elbow surgery, and the Houston Astros star appears pleased with his progress.

Bregman fielded ground balls and threw across the diamond at the Astros’ facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., marking the second day in a row the third baseman has been put through such a workout. He has yet to hit in the field, however, and Tuesday marked more of the same, as Bregman took batting practice off a pitching machine.

“Got a long way to go with my swing right now,” Bregman said, via the Houston Chronicle, “but other than that my body feels great, which is most important right now.”

Bregman underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow just this past January, and he is looking forward to ramping things up even further, according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

“He’s itching to do more and more every day,” Hinch said. “He’s in really good shape and, based on where he’s at, we’re not anticipating any issues. We have a lot of time, so we’re going to bring him along slowly.”

The Astros’ plan continues to be for Bregman to make his Grapefruit League debut in early March, which would keep him on track to be ready for Opening Day, a timeline the team has envisioned.

Bregman has been in the news of late due to his anti-Boston rhetoric amid the Astros’ burgeoning rivalry with the Red Sox. While Bregman’s antics were an amusing aside as spring training got underway, his ongoing return to health is likely to be greeted more with a sense of relief by the Astros organization and its fans.