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Byrdak re-signs with Mets on Minor League deal

Left-hander Tim Byrdak, whose 2012 season was curtailed by shoulder surgery, was re-signed to a Minor League contract on Monday by the Mets, who concurrently invited him to Spring Training.

The 39-year-old veteran of 11 Major League seasons appeared in 56 games last season with the Mets, even though he last pitched on Aug. 1 before he was placed on the disabled list with an injury that led to a Sept. 6 surgery for a torn interior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

Byrdak's season was highlighted by a club-record 18 consecutive hitless appearances from May 4-June 4. Overall, the specialist held left-handed hitters to an average of .154, and he had 29 strikeouts in 65 at-bats against them.

The 2012 season was Byrdak's second with the Mets. He was signed as a Minor League free agent prior to the 2011 season, after having also pitched for the Royals, Orioles, Tigers and Astros.

Left-hander Tim Byrdak, whose 2012 season was curtailed by shoulder surgery, was re-signed to a Minor League contract on Monday by the Mets, who concurrently invited him to Spring Training.

The 39-year-old veteran of 11 Major League seasons appeared in 56 games last season with the Mets, even though he last pitched on Aug. 1 before he was placed on the disabled list with an injury that led to a Sept. 6 surgery for a torn interior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

Byrdak's season was highlighted by a club-record 18 consecutive hitless appearances from May 4-June 4. Overall, the specialist held left-handed hitters to an average of .154, and he had 29 strikeouts in 65 at-bats against them.

The 2012 season was Byrdak's second with the Mets. He was signed as a Minor League free agent prior to the 2011 season, after having also pitched for the Royals, Orioles, Tigers and Astros.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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