Tim Byrdak recently threw his first bullpen session since shoulder surgery in Port St. Lucie, according to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt.
Byrdak threw 20 pitches – all fastballs – and expects to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Byrdak told Burkhardt he hopes to be available beginning July 1.
Byrdak, 39, had surgery last September to repair an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder, as well as as surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. He signed a minor league contract with the Mets during the off-season.
Byrdak made 56 relief appearances in 2012, during which he went 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. He gave up 18 hits, 18 walks and 34 strikeouts while giving up 15 earned runs and lefthanders hit .154 for the year against him.
Michael Baron, ContributorSince Spring Training, Byrdak has been very confident and pleased with the way things have gone since his surgery, but who knows in the end. He’s 39, and he’s coming off a procedure which has been proven to take a real long time to recover from, both through a rehabilitation program and pitching. I’ll be curious to see how Byrdak does after this surgery given his age and his role, but there is no way at all he can be used with the same frequency he was used before, no matter when he returns.