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It’s been a long year for the Houston Astros, though for the relief pitcher whose season ended on Wednesday, an early exit doesn’t make it any easier.

Josh Zeid needs surgery on both of his feet, according to CSN Houston, a set of procedures that will have him on the shelf for the rest of 2014.

Zeid, 27, got the news on Wednesday after being checked out by team doctors on Tuesday. He had initially hoped to avoid surgery for bilateral sesamoditis, an ailment that causes pain in both of his feet during basically any baseball activity.

He’ll have his right foot operated on next Wednesday before having his left foot done six weeks later. His timetable for a recovery is three months.

“It’s really difficult,” Zeid said.

“You never want to take time away from the team or not give your team the best chance to win, but at the same time, this could become a recurring problem every year for the next 10-15 years if that’s how long I get to play, but I think everyone made the right decision. The doctors thought that was the best choice and now, I have to start the (rehab) process.”

Zeid, a second-year player acquired from the Phillies in 2011 in the Hunter Pence trade, posted a 6.97 ERA in 23 appearances this season for baseball’s worst bullpen, up drastically from his 3.90 in 2013.

Among the biggest slips in Zeid’s game was his 6 home runs allowed, twice as many as he served last season and 2.61 per nine innings — or, if it qualified, the highest rate in all of Major League Baseball.

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