CHICAGO -- Jose Altuve missed Wednesday's season finale after aggravating a groin injury on Tuesday, but more than anything else, Altuve is a little worn out.
In his first full season in the Major Leagues, the 22-year-old Venezuelan established himself as one of the team's top players. He finished the season with a .290 batting average with seven homers and 37 RBIs, and led the team in at-bats (576), hits (167), doubles (34) and stolen bases (33). No other Astros player had more than 400 at-bats or 100 hits.
"I'm feeling tired right now," he said. "It's been a long season, my first full season in the big leagues. I'm going home and will take some time off and get ready for next year."
Altuve, who made the All-Star team this year and was named the club's Most Valuable Player by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, plans to play winter ball in Venezuela, but only for a few games in December.
"I think I can do a little bitter next year, and I have to get ready and prepare for it," he said.