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Monday, March 12, 2012

Injury Report: Tim Byrdak has torn left meniscus, will require surgery

The New York Mets will start the 2012 season without a key bullpen arm, as LHP Tim Byrdak will require surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Byrdak, 39, posted a 3.82 ERA in 72 appearances for the Mets lastseason, his first in New York after spending the previous three seasons with the Astros. Opposing batters hit just .239 against the veteran southpaw, who struck out 47 batters in 37 and two-thirds innings. For his career, Byrdak has 4.29 ERA in 415 appearances with the Royals, Orioles, Tigers, Astros and Mets.

With Byrdak out, the Mets are expected to take a closer look at the other lefties in camp: Robert Carson, Chuck James and Garrett Olson.

Olson has the most major league experience of the three, with 103 career appearances with the Orioles, Mariners and Pirates. He made four appearances with Pittsburgh last year, going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four and one-third innings.

James has a 24-19 career record in 72 games with the Braves and Twins, and posted a 6.10 ERA in 10.1 innings for Minnesota last season.

Carson, a 14th-round draft pick of the Mets in 2007, has never pitched at the major league level. He was 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA in 24 starts last season for Double-A Binghamton.

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