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, t