HOUSTON -- Nearly a year since Astros reliever Brandon Lyon underwent a unique procedure to repair the detachment of his right biceps tendon and repair a tear of his labrum, the veteran has progressed so well that he doesn't think about the surgery anymore. Unless, of course, it's brought up by someone else.
"I'm starting to not even think about the surgery," he said. "I'm starting to get to the point my arm feels normal and I haven't really thought about it for a while. It feels good, and I'm glad I got it done when I did so I could be healthy for the season."
Lyon is not only healthy, but he's pitching well. He pitched in his third consecutive game Tuesday, throwing a scoreless inning, and hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances at Minute Maid Park. Overall, he's posted a 2.38 ERA in 13 outings this year.
Lyon, in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal, has even started to entertain the opportunity of playing a few more years.
"Before I had my surgery and the way my arm was feeling, I was wondering how much longer I could actually do it," he said. "Now it's kind of like I'm not seeing the finish line. I'm thinking I can go beyond what I was thinking. If my arm feels good enough, I could go four, five, who knows how many more years."