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Astros catcher Max Stassi to miss six weeks following surgery

Houston have more questions at their backup catcher position with Stassi out for six weeks following wrist surgery.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Jeff Luhnow and the Houston Astros annouced today that catcher Max Stassi had a surgery on Monday to repair a hook of the hamate fracture of his left wrist.

Stassi is expected to be out approximately six weeks, which would see Stassi return at the end of April or early May.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff.

The Astros acquired Stassi, 25, in 2013 as part of the original Jed Lowrie trade with the Oakland Athletics. Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Stassi.  He started his Astros career with Double A Corpus Christi, spending three games with the Astros.

Stassi was hit in the face in his third major league game by Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers.  He played 101 games with Triple A Oklahoma  City in 2014, batting .247 (97x392) with nine home runs and 45 RBIs. He batted .350 (7x20) in seven games with the Astros in 2014.

Stassi again split time between Triple A Fresno and the majors. He finished the year batting .211 (37x294) in Triple A and .400 (6x16 in 11 games) in the majors.

Stassi appeared inline to be the Astros backup catcher with the trade of Hank Conger this offseason. The question now becomes who will replace Stassi?