Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Olson, Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Reyes, Hefner
Reliever Tim Byrdak has an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder. That's a career-threatening diagnosis since Byrdak is 38 years old. Johan Santana and Chris Young both had anterior capsule tears, and required surgeries that cost significant time. The Mets did not announce a firm surgery decision for the lefty reliever, who is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA and National League-high 56 appearances.
The Mets have promoted Garrett Olson to pair with Josh Edgin as a left-hander in the bullpen, although the team has not announced the corresponding roster move. The most likely casualty is rookie Elvin Ramirez. Olson had split duty between starting and relieving with Buffalo, and is not a true lefty specialist. In fact, lefties are hitting .270 and righties are hitting .272 against him this season in Triple-A. Byrdak already had landed on the disabled list with the shoulder discomfort when Frank Francisco was activated in San Diego.
Also on the injury front, the Mets announced Kirk Nieuwenhuis has a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot -- not a full tear. He will not undergo surgery. And catcher Rob Johnson is listed as day-to-day with a bruised right hand. The Mets face a southpaw tonight at Citi Field, Miami's Wade LeBlanc, so presumably Johnson would start over lefty-hitting Josh Thole if capable.
Jose Reyes and current shortstop Ruben Tejada both carry hitting streaks into Tuesday's game. Reyes has hit in a career-high 24 straight games -- the longest streak in the majors this season -- while Tejada's streak is at 11. This is Reyes' second trip to Citi Field since signing with Miami in the offseason. But the complexion of the Marlins is vastly different than during his last trip, with a fire sale meaning the departure of several top players, including Hanley Ramirez in a trade to the Dodgers.
Jeremy Hefner has pitched well for the Mets, but he'll be going back to the bullpen with Santana scheduled to come off the disabled list this week.