Byrdak returns to Mets camp to continue rehab

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In his continued push to resurrect his career, Tim Byrdak has returned to Florida to continue his rehab from left shoulder surgery. Byrdak, who aims to return to the Majors by July 1, will remain in Port St. Lucie after the Mets break camp.

"You get in that baseball atmosphere," Byrdak said. "Being gone since August of last year, it was tough to get everything going. You have the wife and kids. It's going to be a lot easier to get things done around here."

Byrdak, 39, showed up to camp for a few days in mid-February to throw in front of Mets staffers. He then returned home to Chicago, where he continued throwing four days per week.

The club's primary lefty reliever over the past two seasons, Byrdak underwent surgery in August to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. He briefly considered retirement but ultimately decided to push for a comeback, inking a Minor League deal with the Mets over the winter.