Tim Byrdak diagnosed with capsule tear in shoulder, likely headed for surgery

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Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 56 appearances this season and is second only to Jonny Venters with 128 appearances dating back to the start of last season. Unfortunately he has paid the price for his heavy workload.

According to David Lennon of New York Newsday, the Mets announced this evening that Byrdak was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder. He’s almost certainly headed for the same surgery his teammates Johan Santana and Chris Young had. However, at 38 years old, he’s no sure thing to make it back.

Byrdak posted a 4.40 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings this season prior to being placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness late last week. He had a 3.05 ERA until being knocked around to the tune of a 7.45 ERA in July.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.