HOUSTON -- Astros rookie outfielder Brian Bogusevic plans to undergo minor surgery shortly after the end of the regular season to shave down a bone spur on the outside of his right foot.
"From what I know, it's not supposed to be that big of a deal," Bogusevic said. "There's a little thing on the outside [of the foot] that sticks out and hurts sometimes, but it's not that big of a deal."
Bogusevic, a former first-round pick who was recalled for the first time on Sept. 1, had only eight at-bats entering Tuesday's game, going 2-for-8. He hit .277 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock this season.
Bogusevic, who was drafted as a pitcher out of Tulane and made the switch to the outfield in 2008, plans to have surgery as soon as he can after the end of the regular season so he can be fully ready for next season.
"Hopefully as soon as possible when the season is over and get the rehab knocked out, so it won't be an issue by the time Spring Training comes around next year," he said.
Everything coming together for Pence
HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Hunter Pence is having a terrific second half, entering Tuesday's game against the Brewers hitting .319 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 54 games since the All-Star break. He leads the National League and was tied for second in the Major Leagues in RBIs since the break.
Pence hit .264 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 85 games prior to the All-Star break.
"If anything, I might have put too much pressure on myself," he said. "I've always had confidence in my ability to hit, so you have to just keep going out there. It's tough when you're not getting the job done and you have to continue to stay positive and battle through. As you can see, you can turn it around."
Pence's 24 home runs are one shy of his career high, and he has already set career highs in RBIs (84) and stolen bases (18) while batting .286. Pence says hitting coach Jeff Bagwell has helped him turn his season around in the second half.
"He's been very crucial to our team," he said. "He's made a huge impact. It's a mental attitude and approach and not over thinking. His main thing is to free your mind and go up there and compete."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.