Lyon no longer worried about shoulder
Astros pitcher Brandon Lyon admitted he was worried about his shoulder when he came to Houston two weeks ago to have an MRI. He had been experiencing temporary weakness and feared the worst, before his mind was put to ease with the revelation a cyst needed to be drained.
“At the time, I was [concerned],” Lyon said via phone from his home in Utah. “I’ve never had anything like that, so I was a little worried. When I got to Houston and checked it out, I was relieved it wasn’t anything major. I definitely feel good about that.”
Lyon, who signed a three-year, $15-million deal in December, had the cyst aspirated and is back on his throwing program. The cyst, which was the size of 1 1/2 grapes, was pressing on a nerve and causing discomfort. The cyst was evident on the MRI Lyon took before he signed with the Astros, but it grew over time.
“The only thing we can maybe attribute it to is overdoing it a little bit,” Lyon said. “That’s the only thing I know and can come up with. In the MRI in December it was there, but it started to enlarge in a month to where it became a problem.”
Lyon will report to Spring Training as scheduled with pitchers and catchers next week, but will be about 10 days behind his fellow pitchers because of the interruption in his throwing program. He should be ready for the start of the regular season.
“The problem and what has caused me to be behind is the strength I’ve lost over the last couple of weeks in my back,” he said. “It drained out one my muscles completely in my back and shoulder. I didn’t have any strength doing exercises. I’m building that back up to get it to the way it was before.
“It doesn’t come back overnight. That’s the only problem with it now. I’m getting the strength back and starting the throwing program like I stared day one in the off-season.”
Lyon, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s third child and first daughter Jan. 15, is eager to get to Kissimmee, Fla., for his first Spring Training with the Astros.
“I’m definitely excited to put some names with the faces and meet up with everybody,” he said. “I’m working for another great season.”