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.
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