Surgery awaits Byrdak, Fulchino

Surgery awaits Byrdak, Fulchino

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Jeff Fulchino and left-handed Tim Byrdak are both scheduled to undergo surgery in the offseason.

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."