Byrdak may need shoulder surgery
The Mets said Monday in a release that surgery is a possibility for the lefty specialist. Byrdak leads the league with 56 appearances and 2-2 4.40 ERA in 30 2-3 innings. Byrdak has not pitched since Wednesday, when he complained of shoulder soreness.
Also, catcher Chris Johnson is day to day with a bruised right hand. He was hurt in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Padres.
Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis partially tore the plantar facia in his right foot on Friday night in a game with Triple-A Buffalo and will report to Port St. Lucie for rehabilitation. Nieuwenhuis batted .252 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 91 games for the Mets before his demotion.
Updated August 6, 2012