Mets' Byrdak needs surgery; shot for Wright

WABC-TV —March 12, 2012

New York Mets reliever Tim Byrdak will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee and will miss approximately six weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

Meanwhile, teammate David Wright received an "ultrasound-guided" cortisone shot to address left-rib cage discomfort, also after an examination at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, on Monday.

Wright injured a left rib-cage muscle during an infield drill early in camp.

An MRI of Wright's rib-cage area did not reveal any structural damage, a team official said.

"Obviously this will impact our left-handed relief," Alderson said. "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."

Byrdak said his injury first surfaced during the offseason.

"It was something, working out in the offseason, there was a little discomfort," Byrdak said before departing for New York. "I actually felt it when I went to sit on the couch one day. I went to put my foot underneath me and I said I really didn't feel right. But there was no injury, no pop, no sudden movement that tweaked it. It's been something kind of nagging around. I was pitching with it this whole time. It's still kind of there. I sought treatment for it and it wasn't really responding to the treatment."

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