10/03/10 3:46 PM ET
Surgery awaits Byrdak, Fulchino
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
First up is Fulchino, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Monday to take care of a couple of bone spurs that have been bothering him for much of the season, forcing him to the disabled list June 29-Aug. 1.
"I just wanted to try to work through it," said Fulchino, who's 2-1 with a 5.51 ERA in 50 games. "I just didn't want to finish the season where I was at that point. I battled back the rest of the way, but it never got back to the same as before and the velocity was going down and down. This way, I get it cleaned out and it should be a simple procedure."
Byrdak, who is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 games, is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia on Oct. 14. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Brian Busconi at Massachusetts General Hospital in Worcester, Mass.
Like Fulchino, Byrdak has been dealing all season with the hernia, which has caused discomfort in his lower back and his hamstring.
"It was a situation where I told the doctors about my back issue and they all said the same thing, that there was no way they could rule out a sports hernia causing the other stuff," Byrdak said. "It's been a pain to deal with all year and it's time to go ahead and get it done."
Lee unable to find big bat in '10
HOUSTON -- This season was nothing short of disappointing for Astros left-fielder Carlos Lee, who finished well shy of his career averages in nearly every offensive category. This was the first season since 2002 he didn't drive in at least 90 runs, and his 24 homers -- including a third-inning jack Sunday -- are his fewest since 2001.
"In a way, the season was tough for me and the team, but we came a long way," he said. "That was one of the toughest years I've ever had all around, as a team and as an individual. You look back and try to find something, find an excuse and there's no excuse.
"It happened. I would like to maybe find out why. I look at tapes and look at everything and I've been making good contact and hitting some balls hard. It seems everything didn't work out. It's tough, but I'm glad the second half I was part of the really nice comeback we made as a team and helped us win some games."
Lee, 34, has two years and roughly $38 million remaining on the six-year contract he signed prior to the 2007 season. He started 17 games towards the end of the season and could find himself seeing extensive time at first base next year.
Pence, Myers win BBWAA awards
HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder Hunter Pence was named the team's Most Valuable Player and right-hander Brett Myers was voted the Pitcher of the Year as voted upon by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Pence, a first-time winner of the award, led the team with 25 homers and 91 RBIs. He tied his career high in homers set the previous two seasons and set a career high in RBIs. He was also among league leaders in outfield assists.
Myers (14-8) led the team and tied a career high in wins, while setting career highs in innings pitched (223 2/3) and ERA (3.14). He pitched at least six innings in his first 32 starts before lasting 5 2/3 innings in his final start of the year last week.
Third baseman Chris Johnson, who led the team in batting average, was named the Astros' Rookie of the Year. Veteran infielder Geoff Blum will receive the Darryl Kile Good Guy Award, which is given to a player who exhibits good character.
Long-time Astros traveling secretary Barry Waters was voted as the winner of the Long and Meritorious Service Award, and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford was named the Houston Area Player of the Year for the third time. Davis, who was born and raised in Houston, also won in 2004 and 2006.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.