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Mets LHP Byrdak has shoulder surgery

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NEW YORK (AP)

Mets left-hander Tim Byrdak has had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder.

General manager Sandy Alderson said in a release Thursday that the Mets are confident Byrdak will be able to pitch again in the major leagues.

The 38-year-old lefty specialist was leading the league with 56 appearances when he was injured Aug. 1.

Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery. Altcheck also repaired a similar injury in Johan Santana's shoulder, an operation that sidelined the ace for a year.

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