Tim Byrdak confirmed today that he will in fact have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Byrdak was placed on the DL on August 3. Then on Monday, it was announced that the injury was very serious, and could require surgery.
Byrdak, 38, was probably nearing the end of his career anyway. It could be much tougher for him to return than it was for the 33 year-old Santana.
Byrdak did his job very well over the last year and a half. After Pedro Feliciano had his arm destroyed by overuse in the Mets bullpen, he took on the role and pitched almost half of the Mets’ games last season, and was on pace to pitch well more than that this season.
He didn’t pitch too many innings, but the wear and tear of being the only lefty in a bullpen is huge. He has to warm up almost every night. That alone puts so much stress on a pitcher’s arm, let alone actual game action.
According to MetsBlog, Byrdak hopes to return and pitch the second half of the 2013 season. The Mets are now hoping that they can get by with Garrett Olson, Josh Edgin,and possibly C.J. Nitkowski as the lefties out of the bullpen. I hope they don’t overuse these guys, especially Edgin, who has a very bright future ahead of him.