Tim Byrdak has anterior capsule tear in shoulder

Tim Byrdak has a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder, the team announced.

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, Contributor

That’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.





15 comments
D.j. DeGiovanni
D.j. DeGiovanni

Yes, the dude has been a Ranger 3 years now. In each of his 3 years, he has sucked come the postseason. He takes up 1/8th of the cap and is useless when it really matters. Go away.

cmk470
cmk470

He's gotta go. If we don't start trading guys we won't have enough money to sign the players that are consistent in the playoffs: hags step and Kreids. Yea kreids might have some temper issues but he scores the goals when you need them and so does hags. He isn't a core part of the group that will take us to the Stanley cup. Maybe he fits better somewhere else and we can find an actual leading goal scorer that fits better here.

NewJerseyStage
NewJerseyStage

@cmk470 Did you really just say that Hags is a consistent guy in the playoffs?  Check out the stats from this year.  Nash 14 points in 19 games; Hagelin had 5 points.


I like Hags, but people are simply ridiculous in thinking Nash did horrible.  He was the 2nd best scorer we had in the playoffs. There are a lot of guys who deserve just as much blame as Nash for us not reaching the Final...

vegasvic
vegasvic

@NewJerseyStage @cmk470 Excuse me. Are you talking about Nash's points. They all came during garbage time except when he opened the game with a goal. Totally CLUELESS. 

cmk470
cmk470

@NewJerseyStage @vegavic never said he was horrible or talking about points, just in my opinion I would rather see other players signed over him. The truth is we are limited to a cap and I think losing jags, step or kreider over nash would be a loss.

Erin Capuano
Erin Capuano

No keep him and get him help scoring, we need more goal scorers.

rdogg1976
rdogg1976

What I want is a healthy Zuccarello who sparks that line, and the team, and constantly sets him up. Plus he plays on power play and penalty kill. Bye St Louis. Yeah we trade Gaborik away and he looked great. We get rid of Richard and he looks real good, likely to hold up another cup.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

Don't trade Nash he scored a ton and wasn't terrible this playoff just wish he did more

vegasvic
vegasvic

@Vic Scarpelli So what is it. So he wasn't  terrible or but as a so called elite player.  he was MIA 3 years in a row for the playoffs. Good luck with him.  another clueless fan. Unreal

Andrei Petrovitch
Andrei Petrovitch

Nah. Keep him and try to work within his strengths and weaknesses. Last time we traded away a "soft player who scores 40 in the regular season but chokes in the playoffs"...Marian Gaborik scored 14 playoff goals and won a cup. Against the Rangers.

John Marino
John Marino

No, i like the guy. He could use a little help, we could use a 25-35 goal scorer to help him out. We got too many 15-20 goal scorers . Krieder,Stepan, Hayes, Hags, gotta get to the next level . Nash does his job and some. MSL killed us, he was supposed to be that second guy and wasnt.

Rohail Siddiqui
Rohail Siddiqui

It's been frustrating to watch Rick nash in the playoffs for the past 2 seasons because he was brought here to score and even though he did that this post season it wasn't done with the same consistency. What really ticked me off was game 7 because not many rangers were getting in bishops face and once again we got shutout in our own building. I like rick nash but our cap crunch is going to be brutal. Depending on the package we get for nash I would at least consider it or look into what you can get. Otherwise keep nash because he is a solid 2 way player 

Alex Agnew
Alex Agnew

Really tough question...on the face of it how on earth can you trade a great team guy that plays well in all situations and is coming off a 40+ goal season...on the other hand, he might as well not have played in the playoffs for 2 years...and IN SPITE OF THAT we still get one game from the SCF this year...if Regular-season-Rick shows up the last 2 playoffs we have 2 cups.


Obviously, it's easy to suggest trading him...but which other teams are selling even close to a 40 goal player (or even two 20 goal players) that would be comparable/less money..

kachook
kachook

Umm he was our second leading scorer in the playoffs with 14 points.