Terry Collins discusses how he used Tim Byrdak

Terry Collins said he never would have pitched Tim Byrdak as much as he did had Byrdak not repeatedly said he was feeling well, according to SNY’s Matt Dunn.

Byrdak was placed on the disabled list last Friday with soreness in his left shoulder and was diagnosed with a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder yesterday.

Collins said being a lefty reliever is an “occupational hazard,” in that they are asked to go out every day and pitch. However, Byrdak has told Collins in the past that the more he pitches the better he feels.

Collins also said Byrdak’s injury is likely from years of wear and tear. And, even though there are some guys who have the capability of pitching in 80 or 90 games a year, eventually an injury might transpire.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I was in the media room when Collins first mentioned this yesterday, and I wondered how the people upstairs felt about his comments – since he more or less made it sound like it was the team’s doing that – by pitching Byrdak as often as they did he now has this injury. Why? Imagine if he has surgery and it goes bad, or there is some issue with the MLBPA, etc. Oh well, because the player’s manager is now on record for admitting it was the team’s fault. It’s a small thing, and probably something that doesn’t matter, but it crossed my mind when Terry said it.

Byrdak leads the league with 56 relief appearances and is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 30 2/3 innings, having allowed 18 hits, 18 walks, 15 earned runs with 34 strikeouts but faced 125 batters over that span.

Byrdak, 38, signed a one-year, $1 million contract last September for the 2012 season. He can be a free agent this winter.