Mets resign Tim Byrdak

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inman

The Mets announced that they have resigned Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak. Byrdak has spent the last two seasons with the Mets but underwent surgery in early September to repair an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder, as well as surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. Byrdak is expected to miss a majority of the 2013 season. This is the same surgery that Johan Santana and Chris Young both recently had.

Byrdak, the funny man in the Mets clubhouse holding little Jerry Seinfeld

The signing is a minor league deal but the signing is still questionable as Byrdak is 39-years old and is expected to miss most f the season but Sandy Alderson is confident he can contribute next year. “We are confident that Tim will experience a full recovery and be able to continue his Major League career,” Sandy Alderson said after the surgery.

Byrdak pitched in 56 games for the Mets in 2012, during which he went 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. The ERA is high but it’s pretty meaningless as every time Byrdak left a base runner when he left the game, they usually scored with the Mets struggling bullpen. Terry Collins was forced to bring Byrdak to face right-handed hitters because he didn’t trust anyone else in the bullpen for most of the year. Lefties hit just .154 off of Byrdak in 2012.


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