Astros reliever Brandon Lyon got bad news about the status of his right biceps muscle last week from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Today, it was confirmed that the right-hander is going to need season-ending surgery.
According to Alyson Footer, who serves as the Astros’ director of social media, the procedure will be performed next Thursday by Dr. James Andrews.
Lyon signed a three-year, $15 million contract with Houston in December of 2009 and opened the 2011 season at closer, but he allowed 27 hits and 17 runs in 13 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list for good on June 9. Mark Melancon is expected to finish out the year in the Astros’ ninth inning role.
One of these days, major league teams might figure out that handing multi-year contracts to relievers is not a great strategy. Lyon is making a hefty $5.25 million this year and is owed $5.5 million in 2012.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.