Byrd To Have Surgery

Paul Byrd will be out 2-4 months after having surgery for a bone spur in his elbow. The expected #4 Braves Starter did not make a regular season start. Will the Braves make a move to solidify their pitching staff?

Paul Byrd, pitched 1 1/3 spring training innings, and 2 minor league rehab starts, will have surgery on Friday to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He could miss 2-4 months of the regular season.

Byrd was originally expected tommorow (Thursday) in Phildelphia, but was scratched late last night.

This is the second straight year the right-hander has experienced problems with his right elbow, and not the first time in his career. The Braves, who are currently missing 2 key elements to their starting rotation in Mike Hampton and now Byrd, are sorely hurting for pitching.

With Byrd out for 4 months, the Braves may make a move to sign Free Agent pitcher Shane Reynolds, who is currently being courted by the Mets, Red Sox, and Rangers. Reynolds, who could not top 80 in spring training, is only asking for the league minimum.

If the Braves do not make a move to acquire a starting pitcher, they may depend on either Joey Dawley, or Trey Hodges to fill in the fifth starters role. This seems highly unlikely as the Braves already have one rookie (Horacio Ramirez) in their rotation and would be wary to add another.

Byrd is due to make $3 million this season and $7 million next as a part of 2 year 10 million dollar deal he signed his past offseason.

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