Byrdak eyes late June for return to Mets

Tim Byrdak

Tim Byrdak

#40 RP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM56
  • W2

  • L2

  • BB18

  • K34

  • ERA4.40

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Upon arriving at spring training, left-hander Tim Byrdak indicated he hoped to be throwing off a mound before his teammates broke camp.

That won't happen, but Byrdak said he remains ahead of schedule in his return from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. He hopes to return to the Mets in late June.

"The arm strength is still developing," Byrdak said. "It's still developing at an accelerated pace. If I did get off a mound, it would be gravy, but it's not going to happen. We can take the month of April and view it strictly as a strengthening program and take the month of May to introduce the slope, and June 1 be back on the mound."