The team said a treatment plan for Byrdak has not been finalized, but surgery remains a possibility.
Byrdak has the same injury that both Johan Santana and Chris Young had in their shoulders. Both required surgery and their recoveries took more than a year.
Byrdak was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his left shoulder on Friday night. He 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.
Michael Baron, ContributorThat’s terrible news for Byrdak. But he’s had a hell of a workload in the last two seasons and it might have finally taken it’s toll – he’s worked in 128 games since the beginning of last season. Yeah, the total innings he’s recorded has been relatively low over that span (68 1/3 innings pitched since the start of last season), but he’s faced 293 batters in that time and that results in a lot of wear and tear. On top of that, Byrdak has dealt with a bad knee this year – he could have overcompensated for that injury which might have impacted his shoulder. I also have to believe having a second lefty in the bullpen right from the start might have benefitted Byrdak not just from a wear and tear perspective, but from a performance standpoint as well.
As far as a roster move goes, the Mets can move Byrdak to the 60-day disabled list which would clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Garrett Olson, who will be with the Mets tomorrow. Alternatively, the Mets could move Dillon Gee to the 60-day disabled list which would also clear a 40-man roster spot. If the team does one or the other, they don’t have to risk losing anyone by designating a player for assignment and could simply demote somebody to Triple-A Buffalo. As I said earlier, it’s logical to expect Elvin Ramirez to be demoted for a left-handed reliever, but we will see what happens.