WASHINGTON - Tim Byrdak hopes to make the most of an opportunity that he wasn't sure would ever come.
Less than one year removed from major shoulder surgery, the lefty reliever returned to the Mets Sunday as one of three September call-ups.
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"In the back of your mind, you're hoping to God that this moment was possible," said Byrdak, who thanked the organization for the opportunity to come back.
Byrdak, 39, had surgery Sept. 6, 2012, to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. It's the same procedure that Johan Santana has had twice. Former Mets starter Chris Young also rebounded from the rare surgery for pitchers, even offering advice to Byrdak during his rehab.
Byrdak, who had a 1.27 ERA in 26 minor-league games since his return in June, kept a journal of his rehab, which he hopes pitchers facing a similar surgery can use as a resource.
Reliever Vic Black and infielder Zach Lutz also were called up. Ruben Tejada is expected to join them once Triple-A Las Vegas is finished competing in the playoffs.
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