We have another Dr. James Andrews sighting.
Pitchers cringe at the name and for good reason. If you are anywhere close to the guy it probably means that you’re not going to be playing baseball for the foreseeable future.
That’s the situation Brandon Lyon finds himself in. The right hander will undergo season ending surgery next Thursday on his right shoulder and biceps.
Lyon told Houston Chronicle reporter Zachary Levine that the details of the surgery are not yet known, but Andrews could be fixing a partial tear in Lyon’s rotator cuff as well as his damaged labrum.
The bicep tendon is what is really giving Lyon discomfort. Because this is not a common surgery to be performed on MLB pitchers, there has been no real word of how long the 31 year old will be out of action.
“I might be picking up a ball at the end of the season, but it wouldn’t be enough to pitch,” Lyon said. “Obviously, the sooner I can pick up a ball, the better I’m going to feel for next season.”
Lyon has dealt with injury problems all year, as this stint marked the second time he’s been placed on the disabled list in 2011. The club knew they may be dealing with a much larger ordeal when Lyon returned from his original trip to the DL and continued feeling discomfort.
In the case of Lyon, the discomfort was also felt by Astros’ fans that had to watch him pitch this season. The reliever had been awful, posting an 11.48 ERA to go with his atrocious WHIP of 2.40 this season.