Over and Out: Tim Byrdak To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Tim Byrdak will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. His recovery and rehab could take anywhere between 12-18 months.

This is the same injury that sidelined both Johan Santana and Chris Young. It took over a year for both of them to recover from their respective surgeries.

Byrdak hopes that he could return during the second half of the 2013 season.

The Mets’ lefty specialist was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his left shoulder on August 3.

Byrdak was leading the league in relief appearances with 56 at the time.

Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday that there is “no question” he used lefthander Tim Byrdak more than he should have and that it was a contributing factor to a potentially career-threatening tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

“I don’t think there’s any question – injuries are caused by overuse,” Collins said. “Doctors have told me and I’ve heard too many doctors say, ‘When they’re going to break, they’re going to break. There’s not much you can really do about it.’ . . . It’s just the fact he was in that role where he’s had to go out a lot.

“There’s no question we probably used him more than we should have, but we wouldn’t be here without him.”

Byrdak ends the season with a 2-2 record and a 4.40 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. He has given up 18 hits. 18 walks and 34 strikeouts while giving up 15 earned runs.

We wish Tim the best of luck and a speedy recovery.

Original Post 8/6

The Mets have announced that Tim Byrdak has a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. The team said the treatment plan for Byrdak has not been finalized, but surgery remains a possibility. This is the same injury that both Johan Santana and Chris Young had in their shoulders and both required surgery.

Byrdak leads the majors in appearances with 56. He was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA. The Mets put Byrdak on the disabled list Friday and this could be the end to his season.

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