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Mets’ Byrdak Has Torn Shoulder Capsule, May Need Surgery

(credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Mets say left-hander Tim Byrdak has a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder, the same injury that forced teammate Johan Santana to miss more than a year.

The Mets said Monday in a release that surgery is a possibility for the lefty specialist. Byrdak leads the league with 56 appearances and 2-2 4.40 ERA in 30 2-3 innings. Byrdak has not pitched since Wednesday, when he complained of shoulder soreness.

Also, catcher Rob Johnson is day to day with a bruised right hand. He was hurt in Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Padres.

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis partially tore the plantar facia in his right foot on Friday night in a game with Triple-A Buffalo and will report to Port St. Lucie for rehabilitation. Nieuwenhuis batted .252 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 91 games for the Mets before his demotion.

“No surgery (for Nieuwenhuis) is contemplated at this time,” the Mets said in a statement.

Do you think we’ve seen the last of Byrdak in a Mets uniform? Be heard in the comments below…

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