Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/7/12

New York Mets lefty specialist, Tim Byrdak declared his surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, as well as a torn meniscus in his right knee, as a success on Twitter Wednesday afternoon:

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Surgery went really well. Inch to inch and a half tear in the capsule is fixed. 20% tear in right meniscus fixed as well. C you @Citi tom! about 11 hours ago via Twitter for iPadReplyRetweetFavorite @Givemethelefty Tim Byrdak

Photo taken by Matthew Cerrone

I really hope all is well with Byrdak.  The injury, which has an estimated 12-month recovery time, could potentially be career ending for the 38-year old.  But according to general manager Sandy Alderson, the club is confident the ‘bird man’ will be able to resume his career, saying:

“We are confident that Tim will experience a full recovery and be able to continue his Major League career.”

Following MRI results that revealed a torn anterior capsule, manager Terry Collins admitted over usage could have led to the career-threatening injury.

“I don’t think there’s any question, injuries are caused by overuse. 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.”

At the time, the left hander had appeared in a league high 56 games, to which Collins stated he was forced to “ride” the left-hander because he “just didn’t have too many options.”  While all this may be true, the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter.  What is done is done and as a fan of Byrdak’s I can only hope for a speedy recovery. And that the injury does not put an end to his career.  The 38-year old, for me, is a very easy to root for. He consistently interacts with fans on Twitter, seems to have a great sense of humor, and is a pretty good lefty specialist as well; holding left handed hitters to a .154 batting average and a .260 on-base percentage while striking out 29 of the 65 lefties he faced this year. For his career, lefties has a .201/.289/.363 slash line against him.

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