HOUSTON, TX -- Houston Astros infielder Geoff Blum underwent arthroscopic surgery this morning at Texas Orthopedic Hospital to remove three loose bodies from his right elbow, General Manager Ed Wade announced today.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Mehlhoff. Blum was treated as an outpatient and will spend today recuperating at home. He is expected to begin range-of-motion exercises within the next three days and is expected to return to action within 2-4 weeks.
Blum was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on Sunday after experiencing swelling and discomfort in his elbow following Thursday night's game at San Diego (started at shortstop). Blum underwent an MRI on his elbow while the club was in San Diego. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Round Rock on Sunday when Blum was placed on the DL.
Blum, 37, is hitting .241 in 59 games this season with seven doubles, a triple and 14 RBI. He is second in the Majors with seven pinch-RBI and is hitting .261 (6x23) as a pinch-hitter overall. Blum has made 31 starts, 10 at first base, shortstop and third base and one at second base.