Showing posts with label Tim Byrdak. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mets News: Zack Lutz and Tim Byrdak expected to join Mets when rosters expand

Mets News:

While the bulk of call-ups will wait until after Las Vegas completes its postseason, the Mets are expected to call up Tim Byrdak and Zach Lutz on Sunday, team insiders suggested.

The Lutz call-up was precipitated by Ike Davis suffering a potentially season-ending right oblique strain Saturday.

Byrdak undoubtedly pitched during the second half in the minors with the Mets with the carrot of a September call-up. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder on Sept. 6. 2012. That is the same procedure Johan Santana now has twice undergone.

The Mets also plan to add Vic Black, the reliever acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Source: ESPN NY

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young

Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mets Injury Report 7/11: Turner, Duda, Francisco, d'Arnaud, Byrdak, Feliciano, Atchison

Mets Injury Report:

Justin Turner (intercostal muscle strain) has started hitting off a tee and soft-tossing.

Lucas Duda (intercostal muscle strain) has started outdoors activities, but is not yet swinging a bat.

Frank Francisco (elbow) continues to have a nebulous issue in which doctors cannot detect any structural damage. "You're guess is as good as mine," Collins said about when Francisco might return to the Mets.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken foot) is not yet running full throttle. D'Arnaud has experienced some "discomfort" since beginning running on regular ground, but the Mets believe that is normal and not an indication of a setback.

Tim Byrdak, who is returning from shoulder surgery, has yet to throw back-to-back days with Class A St. Lucie. Collins said Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano both have the same issue: They do not sustain their velocity over multiple starts, which they will need to demonstrate before being a consideration for the major league club.

Scott Atchison will be activated from the disabled list and join the Mets when the team resumes play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Atchison landed on the DL with a groin injury, which he suffered while throwing warm-up pitches in Atlanta on June 18. He had missed the previous month with an elbow bone-spur issue that was causing tingling and numbness in his fingers.

Atchison has made two rehab appearances in the past week with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Mets News: Tim Byrdak starts throwing, eyes July return

Mets News:

Tim Byrdak threw in an extended spring training game Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery in August to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

The Mets are eyeing July for a return to the majors for Byrdak.

Byrdak, 39, could provide a welcome complement to overworked Scott Rice. Rice, while effective, has appeared in 31 of the Mets' first 52 games -- on pace for a franchise-record 97 appearances.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Bullpen Shaping Up, Wright All Good, Murphy Playing, Marcum Starting Thurs, Byrdak Ahead of Schedule, Mets Opening Rotation

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have asked reliever Pedro Feliciano to go to Triple-A for a month to build up his arm strength, and informed Feliciano he will not make the team's Opening Day roster.

"They told me I'm going to Triple-A for a month and get my strength back," Feliciano said. "I have to talk to my agent first and then see what we're going to decide."

The Mets' decision came at the deadline to inform Feliciano whether he had made the club. Remaining with the club at the minor league level would obligate the Mets to give him a $100,000 retention bonus because of his veteran status.

"They made that decision," he said of the Mets. "I'm going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We'll see what happens."

This is affirming that Robert Carson is in great shape to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the Mets will carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

Fellow lefty Scott Rice remains in camp, but seemingly would be at an overwhelming disadvantage because, unlike Carson, he is not on the 40-man roster.

Josh Edgin is expected to be Collins' primary lefty in the bullpen.

Carson, 24, had a 4.73 ERA in 17 relief appearances in 2012, during his inaugural major league season. Lefty batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with a homer, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the contractual deadline for him to be notified, the Mets have told LaTroy Hawkins he has made the Opening Day roster.

Hawkins, 40, has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. Opponents have a .227 batting average against him. Hawkins has surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out four over the six appearances.

He went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

David Wright said he was "all good" the day after ramping up his activity by taking live batting practice for the first time Sunday.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin in RF?, Murphy Update, Feliciano Update, Wheeler Update, Mets Concerts, Byrdak

Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin, who singled in each of his first two at-bats Thursday and is off to a quick start in the Grapefruit League with a .455 average, will get a look in the outfield soon, Terry Collins said.

Daniel Murphy (strained muscle on right side) is about a week from entering Grapefruit League action, at which point Collins plans to look at Valdespin in the outfield. Valdespin's early Grapefruit League action has come at second base.

Valdespin is coming off a Caribbean Series in which he played right field.

The Mets likely can only carry three lefty-hitting outfielders, so Valdespin probably would have to displace Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make the Opening Day roster as an outfielder, since Lucas Duda as the left fielder and Mike Baxter as a role player/right fielder seem pretty solid.

Nieuwenhuis, who started in left field, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Thursday's 4-4 tie against the Washington Nationals. He is hitless in 12 at-bats, with six strikeouts, since opening Grapefruit League play with a single.

Pedro Feliciano, who has been cleared to resume baseball activities with the stipulation he wears a heart monitor, has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition known as left ventricular noncompaction that should not affect his ability to pitch, his agent indicated.

Feliciano received the diagnosis Wednesday at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He underwent an electrocardiograph, echocardiogram and a cardiovascular MRI.

"I am ready to return to spring training with my team," Feliciano said in a statement released through his agent's PR firm. "I will attend to my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain, but I can honestly say it will not keep me up at night. I will be on top of my condition, but it will not stop me from playing baseball."

Feliciano does not have a hole in his heart, which he previously indicated might be the case.

"This was not true," he said. "It was not clear from the start, and it was too early to really determine a prognosis. I had a heartbeat irregularity and that is why the Mets organization sent me to get additional testing to obtain a final diagnosis.”

Pitcher Zack Wheeler's absence from game action with a mild strain of his right oblique muscle may be only about a week.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: First Responder Caps, Niese Trade?, Byrdak, Dickey Books, Davis Charity Event, St.Lucie, Gee

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets have decided to wear first-responder caps pregame but not in-game on Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A team spokesman said the decision was made by the team and not Major League Baseball. MLB would not allow the in-game usage last year.

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger notes Niese could be a valuable trade piece for the Mets this winter since the club is most deep in starting pitching and a stagnant payroll means the Mets may need to deal an established player such as the southpaw for multiple prospects in order to improve. Writes McCullough:

Baseball officials outside the organization believe Niese could elicit a quality return on the trade market. “People would be interested in [Niese] because he’s a starter who some people see as a No. 3,” one executive said. “Some people see him a little bit like where they saw Gio Gonzalez last year.” ... [Sandy] Alderson can look to his protégé, Oakland general manager Billy Beane, for a blueprint. A survey of competing executives indicated Niese’s value is comparable to Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, the two starting pitchers the Athletics traded last winter. The executives requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation. “You’re looking at about two or three prospects [for Niese],” one executive said. “At least.”

Tim Byrdak pronounced Wednesday's surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder as well as torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee a success. Byrdak hopes to return to the majors, but the shoulder surgery requires roughly a 12-month recovery time.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Hernandez, Familia, Harvey, Byrdak, Kids Go Free, Pelfrey

Mets News and Notes:

David Wright tells Jon Heyman at that he is "extremely optimistic" about reaching a long-term extension with the Mets this offseason.

"I've really enjoyed it here," Wright said. "... Although we haven't gotten things completely turned around, we've taken small steps in the right direction and have something to build on. ... There's not a single complaint that I have. [The Mets] drafted me as a kid. They developed me. They've given me an opportunity to make a living playing a game. There's a tremendous amount of mutual respect. They've gone above and beyond. ... My favorite player was Cal Ripken. The biggest reason for that was, I like that he stayed."

Keith Hernandez tells Richard Sandomir in the Times that his intention is to report for color-commentary duty for the Oct. 3 season finale in Miami without his signature mustache.

Familia's major league debut began by striking out Lance Berkman with a 97 mph fastball. He then surrendered a single to Jon Jay, but immediately erased him by coaxing a double-play grounder from Matt Carpenter. Fred Lewis, 31, also made his Mets debut. He opened the ninth by grounding out to shortstop against Trevor Rosenthal.

Collins said postgame it was not yet resolved whether Harvey would have one or two remaining starts. The five innings logged Tuesday give him 47 1/3 in the majors and 110 with Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Re-signing Wright, Dickey, Soccer Stadium, Byrdak, Davis

Mets have to make the Wright Move
Mets News and Notes:

David Wright told Mike Puma in the Post he's "optimistic" he will remain a Met long term. But, Wright added -- which consistently has been the case -- that it's ultimately about the opportunity to win. Wright said he won't negotiate during next season either. So essentially he signs an extension this offseason, or he's headed to free agency after the 2013 season, at which point the Mets really will be competing for his services.
“You want to be able to win, and I’ve only experienced a little bit of that here,” Wright told Puma. “In a perfect world, we get this thing turned around and going in the right direction and ultimately I get to experience the bad, the ugly and the good here, which includes winning. ... We’ve taken a baby step in the right direction and I still think there’s a long way to go before you can say that we’ve kind of turned that corner where I think that we will. ... Coming up through the system, I have a tremendous amount of loyalty to this organization. I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I’m hoping -- optimistic -- that something will get done.”

R.A. Dickey, like Wright, is under team control for 2013 through an option. The Mets have a $5 million team option for next season on Dickey. “Nothing with respect to 2013 rides on what we do with those two players,” Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger, while adding: “Their situations will be at the top of our list. But if we have to exercise options, we have to exercise options.”

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Olson, Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Reyes, Hefner

Mets News and Notes:

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. 

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Nieuwenhuis, Santana, Bay

Mets News and Notes:

Tim Byrdak is due to get an MRI to help determine the extent of the damage to his left shoulder today. There may be word as well whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis requires surgery for the plantar fascia tear in his right foot, which he suffered with Buffalo.

Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Brooklyn on Sunday night. Terry Collins expects the 33-year-old left-hander will be activated from the DL on Saturday to face the Braves. Santana threw 38 pitches (29 strikes) while surrendering one hit and one walk and striking out three. He upped his pitch count to 90 by throwing in the bullpen at Coney Island afterward. Santana landed on the DL with a right-ankle sprain, although team officials believe that contributed to shoulder fatigue.

"My whole right side feels good," Santana told Stephen Haynes in Newsday. "Even though my ankle was what was bothering me, I was able to rest my whole body. That's something I really needed." 

Jason Bay went 2-for-31 on the road trip. He could start Tuesday when the Mets face Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but Bay's playing time now may greatly diminish according to a article in Newsday.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Injury Updates: Byrdak goes down, Francisco gets comes back

After deliberation, the Mets placed reliever Tim Byrdak on the disabled list before Friday's series opener with shoulder discomfort to clear the roster spot for Frank Francisco.

Byrdak said he injured himself delivering a slider in the road trip opener in Arizona last Thursday. He will have an MRI on Monday in New York to determine the extent of the injury.

"I threw that last slider on a strikeout and I just kind of felt something in the back of my shoulder roll a little bit," Byrdak said. "I started seeking treatment on it right away, but it was a situation where it's still there. It's not getting any better. Knowing the roster move [with Francisco], I didn't want to leave Terry [Collins] a man short. We thought the best position to take was to go ahead and go on the DL and give it some time to calm down."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Thole, Johnson, Nickeas, Francisco, Baxter, Hairston, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Tim Byrdak clashed with Josh Thole and then pitching coach Dan Warthen after surrendering a homer to Adam LaRoche in the homestand finale. The incident helped prompt a postgame team meeting and tongue-lashing from Terry Collins. Getting the sign from the bench, Thole called for a fastball to LaRoche. Byrdak twice shook off Thole wanting a breaking ball, but the catcher continued to call for a fastball. Byrdak eventually threw a fastball over the heart of the plate -- not where Thole set up on the outside corner. LaRoche deposited the pitch into the right-field stands for a two-run homer in the seventh inning to provide the Nats with a four-run lead. In the dugout afterward, Byrdak first had an exchange with Thole, then with Warthen, the latter of which prompted David Wright to intercede. "I don't think anything can get any worse than this right now," Thole told reporters before the Mets departed for Arizona. "I can't wait to get out of here."

The Mets continued to shuffle the roster on the margins. A day after officially demoting Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda, Mike Nickeas was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo. Fellow righty-hitting catcher Rob Johnson will replace Nickeas. Harvey this week named Johnson as being invaluable in terms of guidance in Buffalo. Johnson undoubtedly will catch Harvey's major league debut considering the Mets are facing Arizona rookie left-hander Wade Miley in the series opener at Chase Field.

Frank Francisco failed to complete an inning with Double-A Binghamton in the closer's first minor league rehab game since straining his left oblique and landing on the disabled DL June 23. Francisco surrendered three hits, including two doubles, and walked one among the six New Britain batters he faced. Francisco's rehab tour twice had been delayed -- by a cranky oblique when he was due to pitch for Class A St. Lucie, then by knee discomfort earlier this week that required a cortisone shot. Mets officials had said Francisco might need as few as two rehab appearances before being activated in Arizona, but that was before Francisco's struggles with the B-Mets on Wednesday. Alderson indicated Francisco was accompanying the B-Mets back to Binghamton, where they open a four-game series against Portland tonight.

Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and walked twice while logging a full game in right field in Buffalo's 5-4 loss at Louisville. Baxter is now 5-for-11 in three games with the Bisons, after also playing three games with Class A St. Lucie. Baxter's two previous rehab games in the outfield in the minors had come in left field. But Duda since has been demoted, so the exposure to right field makes sense. Baxter actually has appeared in 392 minor league games in right field in his career -- far more than any other position. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Torres, Byrdak, Minor League Releases

Outfielder Andres Torres played center field in a Minor League game Saturday for the first time since straining his left calf 12 days ago. Torres is scheduled to make another Minor League appearance Sunday, with the Mets still hopeful that he will avoid a disabled list stint to start the season.

Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak walked a batter and allowed two runs in a Minor League game Saturday, his first live action since undergoing left knee surgery earlier this month. Byrdak is still hoping to be ready for Opening Day, though the Mets are preparing to carry Daniel Herrera on the roster if he is not.

The Mets on Saturday released Minor League infielder Justin Schafer and right-handed pitcher Michael Weldon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Nitkowski, Byrdak, Hairston

Johan set to throw 80 Pitches Wednesday:

Johan Santana makes his fourth start of the spring Wednesday, and is expected to throw 80 pitches. Santana has recovered from his 65-pitch outing on Saturday, and spent the time in between on improving his fastball command.

He opted for a shortened bullpen session and a lengthened long-toss session this week to focus on achieving full extension on his pitches.

Because the pitch count will approximate what Santana might throw in a regular-season game, today figures to be a solid test. The team is eager to see how Santana’s surgically repaired left shoulder responds to the stress.

“He feels good,” Collins said. “We’ll just see how he gets through it.”

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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.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mets sending Wright and Byrdak to see doctors in New York

Ailing Mets third baseman David Wright will return to New York to have his sore ribcage examined.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday said he expects Wright will receive a cortisone shot. Wright will be checked Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Wright has not played in an exhibition game this year. On Saturday, manager Terry Collins said Wright would be out for at least another week.

Wright has fielded ground balls this spring, but has not thrown or swung a bat.

Alderson said pitcher Tim Byrdak also would go to New York and likely get a cortisone shot for his sore left knee.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mets retain LHP Tim Byrdak for 2012

The Mets retained LHP Tim Byrdak today, signing the 37-year-old Byrdak to a one-year extension.

Byrdak, who signed a minor league deal in January after being let go by the Astros two months earlier, has a 2.95 ERA in 68 appearances this season. A true specialist, he’s thrown only 36 2/3 innings. Lefties, though, have his just .202 against him, and he has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings since June 1.

The value of the deal wasn’t announced, but it’s safe to say it’s somewhere in the $1.2 million-$1.5 million range. Byrdak made $1.6 million last year with Houston, and he’s earned $900,000 with the Mets this season.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rumor Mill: Ken Rosenthal's possible Beltran destinations and other trade-able players

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox, the Giants, Phillies, Braves are the NL teams showing the strongest interest in Beltran, his sources say. 

The Red Sox, who would use Beltran in right field, also are in the mix. The Rangers like Beltran, but the bullpen is their greater priority.

Most of the Beltran talks thus far qualify as preliminary, sources say. The Mets expect to know more about each team’s intent by Monday, and after that they will start weeding out the suitors.

Once the Mets act on Beltran, they can listen more seriously to offers for some of their other players. The team, however, likely will proceed carefully. Club officials do not want to give up on the season entirely.

Rosenthal says the Mets likely will show a greater willingness to move potential free agents such as left-hander Chris Capuano, left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak, outfielder Scott Hairston and utility man Willie Harris.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Rumor Mill: Sandy Shopping Relievers K-Rod, Izzy, and Byrdak

Getting Shopped?
According to a report in the Daily News, two major league sources familiar with the Mets' thinking, Sandy Alderson and his staff have made clear to other teams that they are shopping closer Francisco Rodriguez (no surprise, given the expensive vesting option in his contract), setup man Jason Isringhausen and lefthanded specialist Tim Byrdak.

"They are really trying to move Isringhausen, and also Byrdak and K-Rod (before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline)," one of the sources said. "Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody."

With many contending teams looking for bullpen help, Alderson hopes he can parlay his veteran pitchers into decent minor leaguers - high-end prospects is probably a stretch - or at least salary relief.

Both Isringhausen and Byrdak have proven effective in their roles this season, and neither is under contract for 2012. It seems doubtful that either could bring a significant return in prospects, but the Mets will shop them aggressively, sources say, and see what market develops.

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