HOUSTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell will have shoulder surgery in early June and is expected to be out of action for three months.
Bagwell has been on the 15-day disabled list since on May 10 with a right shoulder sprain. It is the first time that he had been on the DL since the 1998 season.
The injury could be career threatening for the 36-year-old, who has been suffering from a degenerative arthritic condition in his shoulder for several years.
Bagwell, whose 449 career home runs ranks 28th in major-league history, is hitting .250 with three homers and 15 RBI in 24 games this season.
In 14 major-league seasons, all with the Astros, Bagwell has a .297 lifetime average along with 2,311 hits, 1,525 RBI and 202 stolen bases. He is Houston's all-time leader in home runs, total bases, RBI, walks and extra-base hits.