Brandon Lyon received a three-year, $15 million contract out of the Houston Astros prior to the 2010 season, and while that seemed to be a little pricey for a middle reliever, the Astros outfoxed us all by making him a closer. Pretty inexpensive for a closer, hmmm?
Lyon then pitched like Brandon Lyon, not striking a lot of hitters out and not giving up too many runs -- there's an argument that Brandon Lyon might be the most average reliever of all-time. Though he had an awful first game of the season, he settled down to do more Brandon Lyon things before he went on the disabled list with shoulder weakness. Though he rested most of May, things got even worse when he returned, as he pitched three innings and gave up eight earned runs.
Turns out he was hurt. Really hurt. He was actively avoiding using his right arm around the house, and he was fighting through a rotator cuff tear in addition to upper arm pain. And now he'll see Dr. James Andrews for a unique procedure to put Lyon's biceps tendon back in its groove. In other news, Brandon Lyon should totally nickname his tendon "Stella."
The surgery will knock Lyon out for the year, and Mark Melancon will continue on as the Astros' closer.