Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has taken a unique approach in his search for work. He has tweeted a humorous message to whatever general manager might be interested.
"Attention MLB GMs," it began. "For sale, late model LHR, high mileage but very serviceable! Doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of newer models (i.e. 97 mph), however I can still break a pane of glass with my fastball. ... Please call ASAP. I am driving my wife crazy being home during spring training."
The 40-year-old pitched in eight games for the Mets in 2013 and recorded a 7.71 ERA that motivated the team to release him in late January.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak will not return to the team.
Byrdak tweeted at a fan that the team decided to pass on offering him a contract. The 40-year-old is recovering from a torn capsule in his shoulder.
Two teams have asked for medical reports on free agent pitcher Tim Byrdak, MLBTradeRumors.com reports. He made eight appearances with the Mets last season, allowing four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Mets starting pitcher Aaron Harang, relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, relief pitcher David Aardsma, relief pitcher Tim Byrdak, relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano and relief pitcher Frank Francisco have filed for free agency.
Hawkins and Francisco both spent time as the Mets closer, but Bobby Parnell is expected to fill that role in 2014.
The Mets have recalled reliever Tim Byrdak from Triple-A Las Vegas, MLB.com reports. The 39-year-old has been working his way back from shoulder surgery last September and has thrown eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts for Las Vegas.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery, was promoted from Class A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton Sunday, according to ESPN. Byrdak was 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA, three saves and .146 opponents' batting average in 14 appearances for St. Lucie.
Mets manager Terry Collins said relievers Pedro Feliciano and Tim Byrdak could join the bullpen later this summer, according to The Star-Ledger.
"If there is that spot that opens up that’s needed and we’re looking for a left-hander, we’ve got two guys who can certainly handle the heat at this level," Collins said.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak appeared in his first game Saturday since last September, as he pitched one inning in the Gulf Coast League. Byrdak struck out one batter and walked another, in his first appearance since undergoing surgery on his shoulder.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak will begin a rehab assignment Friday with the Gulf Coast League Mets, ESPN New York reports. Byrdak has been out since having shoulder surgery in September, so he'll likely be in rehab for almost a month as he essentially goes through a late spring training. Expect him back in New York around the All-Star break.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak threw an inning in extended spring training Saturday, his first appearance in a game since undergoing shoulder surgery in August.
Byrdak is working on a minor-league contract, and the team thinks he can be back in the majors by July, according to MLB.com.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, threw his third bullpen session Wednesday.
Byrdak underwent surgery last September. He's still likely a month or two away from returning to the Mets.
On Tuesday, Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak threw his first bullpen session since having surgery to repair a torn capsule in his shoulder, SportsNet New York reports. Manager Terry Collins is hoping to get Byrdak back from rehab in July.
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak (shoulder) will report to minor-league camp. He underwent left shoulder surgery in September and hopes to rejoin the bullpen for New York in June. Byrdak receives the $100,000 retention bonus by agreeing to his assignment in the minors.
Mets pitcher Tim Byrdak expects to return in June.
Byrdak is recovering from surgery that repaired a torn capsule in his shoulder. Byrdak is hoping to ramp up his rehab the next two months, with hopes of pitching on a mound by June 1. He’s looking to rejoin the team in late June.
Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak is aiming at a July 1 return to the majors after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, reports ESPN. If we get any time in June, I think that would be icing on the cake, said Byrdak.