Tim Byrdak Injury: Mets' Reliever Could Face Shoulder Surgery

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Tim Byrdak #40 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The same injury that kept New York Mets ace Johan Santana out for a full season, has now found another left-handed hurler in the Mets pitching staff. According to reports, reliever Tim Byrdak has a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder and surgery is a possibility for the left-handed specialist.

Last Wednesday, Byrdak complained of shoulder soreness and was placed on the disable list on Friday. It wasn't until Monday that the Mets and their reliever learned of the tear after an MRI.

Byrdak, 38, has been the most frequently used relieve in the major leagues this season, as he made 56 appearances. Overall, Byrdak compiled a record of 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA.

As a result of Byrdak's injury, the Mets will recall pitcher Garrett Olsen, who will be added to New York's active roster. Elvin Ramirez seems to be player that will get a demotion to the minor leagues.

For more on the Mets, check out the SB Nation blog Amazin' Avenue. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Baseball Nation has everything on the MLB.

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