Coffee and Clippings: Recent hernia surgery to limit Astros’ Evan Gattis this spring

Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) of the Houston Chronicle updates Evan Gattis’ recent hernia surgery and what it means in the near future…

Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia, the Chronicle has learned, taking away most of his spring training at a minimum. The recovery is four to six weeks but fortunately for Gattis and the Astros, the injury is not considered severe.

Gattis, 29, is entering his second season with the Astros. He has an arbitration hearing set for Feb. 16, with the team and player far apart — and his health a new wrinkle.

The Astros proposed a 2016 salary of $3 million while Gattis asked for $3.8 million. It’s unclear how significantly his operation will affect his case.

Ben Badler (@BenBadler) of Baseball America spotlights the Gurriel Brothers of Cuba and why we may not see them in the States till 2017…

…But if you’re expecting the Gurriel brothers to sign and start playing games for an MLB team in 2016, you’re probably going to be disappointed. The process for Cuban players to become eligible to sign takes several months, and in the case of Lourdes Jr., he is unlikely to sign anyway until October.

To be exempt from the international bonus pools, players must be at least 23 and have played five seasons in a foreign professional league, such as Cuba’s Serie Nacional. Lourdes Jr. already has more than five seasons in Serie Nacional, but he doesn’t turn 23 until Oct. 19.

Assuming Gurriel obtains competent representation, there is no way he is going to sign before Oct. 19. If he signs before then, he will be subject to the bonus pools. Not only will at least 10 teams be unable to sign him for more than $300,000 (including the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox) as a penalty for exceeding their bonus pools in previous years, but because his contract would surely break a team’s pool, that team would have to pay a 100 percent tax on its pool overage….

Matt Pepin (@mattpep15) of the Boston Globe previews a unique and first time event for a Wintry Fenway Park…

Big Air at Fenway will bring some of the world’s top snowboarders and freeskiers to Boston to compete inside Fenway Park, where a 140-foot-high ramp has been constructed.

Each skier/snowboarder get two jumps in the qualifying round, and the top 10 men’s scores and top six women’s scores advance to the finals. If two qualifying sessions are used for the men’s field, top five in each advance.

In the finals, each athlete gets three runs, with the two best different-trick jumps used for the final score.