While most of the news from the Mets today concerned the looming contract extension negotiations for David Wright and R.A. Dickey (more to come on that in a bit), there was some more news that went down before New York dropped their series opener in Cincy.
Tim Byrdak, who tore the anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder, will be out of commission until at least next August, and has a September 5th date set to get the capsule repaired, but he’s not stopping there. The reliever is also getting his right meniscus fixed at the same time. The southpaw missed three weeks of Spring Training after a procedure to fix his left meniscus as well.
Brydak had been used in multiple roles out of the Mets bullpen throughout the season, as he started off as the lefty specialist, then
started facing both lefties and righties, then was also finding himself as the set-up man on certain occasions. He led the MLB with 56 appearances and went 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched. Terry Collins mentioned that he may have overused Byrdak this season, as he was the only lefty in the bullpen for most of 2012. He signed a one-year/$1 million deal last winter, and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
From one injured pitcher to another, Mike Pelfrey continues rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. The big right-hander started throwing a plyometric medicine ball this week according to Adam Rubin, and is scheduled to throw next week for the first time since his start against the San Francisco Giants in the middle of April.
It’s been a rocky relationship for the Mets and Pelfrey, who will most likely be non-tendered by the organization this winter. If they did offer him a contract, the rules of arbitration say he would get no less than 80% of his more than $5.6 million 2012 salary. Once he is non-tendered, he will become a free agent and can sign with any team for any amount, with his Mets career seemingly coming to an inauspicious end. However, there is no longer any room for Pelfrey in the rotation, and I wish him the best of luck.
Dillon Gee has a doctor’s appointment in St. Louis scheduled in the next week and a half, where doctors will have to do a thorough exam to be sure of how he’s healing following his surgery. Gee hopes to start throwing if he gets the thumbs up after the exam, with an eye towards getting ready for 2013. There is no need to rush his rehab, especially with the Mets out of contention, so let’s hope Dillon comes back just as strong as he was before this incident.
Garrett Olson, who’s tenure with the Mets lasted 0.1 innings before him and his 108.00 ERA were designated for assignment to make room for Johan Santana to be activated off the DL, has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. It didn’t make much sense as to why he was promoted for the bullpen in the first place, as Olson’s 25 appearances in the minors this year includes 21 starts, and he compiled a 4-7 record with a 4.56 ERA.
On the heels of acquiring Kelly Shoppach for a player to be named later, Andy McCullough said Sandy Alderson wasn’t ready to talk about the 2013 payroll, mostly because he hasn’t had that chat with the rest of the Mets executives yet, and won’t for another few weeks. It will be interesting to see what New York does to prep for next season; when they were in the playoff hunt before the All-Star break, Alderson mentioned that there was money to spend. So, we’ll see how that money is allocated this winter.