Surgery for Mets reliever Byrdak

Posted: March 13, 2012

NEW YORK METS reliever Tim Byrdak will have surgery today to fix a tear in his left knee and will be miss 4 to 6 weeks, while third baseman David Wright has gotten a cortisone shot for his ailing rib cage.

Byrdak was expected to be the Mets' only lefthander in the bullpen when the season started. He was 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 72 games last season.

"Obviously this will impact our lefthanded relief," GM Sandy Alderson said yesterday. "We'll just have to evaluate things as we go forward. But I would suspect that Byrdak would not be available to us for some portion of the regular season. We'll have to accommodate that."

Wright has not played in a spring training game this year. He's been slowed by pain in his left rib cage and is in New York awaiting further treatment.

Wright injured a muscle in his rib cage during an infield drill early in camp. He has not swung a bat yet.

"Basically, what the doctors have told us is he had essentially plateaued - there was a little bit of soreness, not a great deal - but that this will accelerate the recovery process," Alderson said.

An MRI exam did not reveal significant damage, Alderson added.

In other Mets news, authorities charged bullpen catcher Eric Langill in a drunken driving crash in central Florida.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office reports that the 32-year-old Langill was arrested Sunday night after losing control at a traffic circle, crashing into a concrete fountain and flipping his car.

According to an arrest report, Langill smelled heavily of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. The report didn't indicate if a blood-alcohol test was performed. Langill was arrested and charged with DUI with property damage. He was released from jail yesterday morning.

Noteworthy * 

The St. Louis Cardinals have tabbed righthander Lance Lynn as a possible starter to deal with the potential absence of former Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter, who has a bulging disc in his neck. The Cardinals are also considering rookie Shelby Miller, a former No. 1 pick.

Lynn, 24, will make his first start of the spring tomorrow against Houston.

Carpenter, who turns 37 next month, left Friday's practice with a stiff neck. He has yet to pitch in a game this spring.

* Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Joe Saunders left his start against Cleveland after being hit in the left shin by a line drive.

* Dominican Republic prosecutors say Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez has agreed to a deal to have false identity charges against him dropped in return for completing a work program in his Caribbean homeland. Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez was placed on baseball's restricted list after he was arrested in the DR last month. Authorities say he is 31, 3 years older than the pitcher claimed. Indians GM Chris Antonetti said the team is monitoring "the developments related to Roberto's return to the United States and remain in touch with his representatives."

* The Detroit Tigers released reliever David Pauley after the righthander got off to a slow start in spring training. Detroit also placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 60-day disabled list.

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