Byrd to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Paul Byrd will undergo a second round of elbow surgery on Tuesday. Byrd who threw one inning as a Brave this season will have "Tommy John" surgery to reconstruct the elbow and replace ligaments. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Byrd, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow on April 11, pitched just one inning for the Braves in spring training.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Byrd, 32, has a torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow, which will probably be replaced by a tendon taken from one of his legs.

The AJC also reported that the Braves may have purchased an insurance policy on Byrd's arm, which would cover a large portion, if not all of Byrd's contract. Byrd is owed $3 million this year by the Braves has has a $7 million player option for next season.

Byrd was 17-11 with 3.90 ERA with Kansas City in 2002, and signed with the Braves in December. He also had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in 2000.

With Byrd now lost for the remainder of the season and Shane Reynolds struggling, the Braves will in all likelihood strongly push in their efforts to acquire another starting pitcher. Rumors continue to come in from Pittsburgh where the Braves are believed to have strong interest in Kris Benson.

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