Worth noting

• Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery to have a small bone spur removed from his left elbow. He is expected to begin his rehab program in the next few days and a two-month recovery time is expected.

• Outfielder Jake Smolinski, who has been sidelined with a small fracture in his left foot since July 21, had a boot removed on Thursday and has been cleared to resume baseball activities.

• Washington on the Astros storming away with the Silver Boot: "Just because it got away this year, doesn't mean it can't come back. They outplayed us this year. Those guys are a better team. They are not a doormat anymore."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.