Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman missed a large portion of the 2021 season with a hamstring injury and even battled a broken wrist during the World Series. After weeks of rehab, can Bregman return to his all-star form in 2022?
2021 was not kind to Bregman, as he was unable to stay healthy during the season. Alex suffered a strained left quadriceps on June 16th in a game against the Rangers. Bregman would miss two months of the season, with a large sum of that time rehabbing with the Astros Triple-A affiliate Sugar Land Skeeters.
Alex also suffered a broken wrist towards the end of the season and battled the injury into the postseason. Bregman had surgery during the offseason to repair his wrist, and according to team sources, will be ready for Spring Training with no delays.
Bregman had batted .275 with seven homers and 34 RBIs before his quad injury.
2. Breggy Bombs
If anything was missing from the 2021 season, it was Breggy Bombs. Alex averages around 19 home runs a season since making his major league debut back in 2016, with his career-high being 41 which he set in 2019.
In 2021 Alex hit only 12 homers which were his third lowest in his career with the others being eight in 2016, and six in 2020*(*60 game season).
If all goes well this offseason for Alex, expect his 2022 numbers to rival those in 2019.
3. Overcoming Adversity
If there’s anything that the Astros have done well in the past, it’s been coming back stronger from injuries. Lance McCullers Jr came back to his first full season in 2021 and put up his career-high in stats. Carlos Correa remained healthy all season and put up his best numbers, so expect players such as Justin Verlander and Alex Bregman to return to form.
Everyone in the city of Houston knows what Alex can do when he’s healthy, and 2022 hopefully will serve as more evidence.
Alex Bregman missed a majority of the 2021 season with injuries and will look to get back into the swing of things in 2022. With what might seem to be a very long offseason with the MLB currently in the middle of a lockout, Bregman will have plenty of time to return to his 2019 AL MVP runner-up form.
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