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Pregame Notes: Bedard to vist Dr. Yocum, Fister arrives, Silva throwing off the mound?

Post by Ryan Divish on Aug. 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm with No Comments »
August 8, 2009 4:43 pm

This update will be kind of brief as I am working on my Sunday column.

1. Erik Bedard will visit Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Yocum performed the offseason shoulder on Bedard’s left shoulder to remove a cyst. Yocum is going to look at the most recent set of MRIs along with the MRI taken in June to compare and see what is wrong with Bedard’s shoulder.

“We’ll know more after the visit,” Wakamatsu said.

Yesterday, Wakamatsu mentioned some fraying in Bedard’s shoulder today, so I asked him if he could be more specific where the fraying is – perhaps the labrum or rotator cuff.

“I don’t know that,” Wakamatsu said. “I don’t what’s causing the discomfort. Surgery could be a possibility on that. I don’t know. That’s why we’re sending him down there.”

2. Doug Fister is with the team and worked out before batting practice. Wakamatsu will have him in the bullpen the next couple days in case of an emergency. But Wakamatsu is leaning towards having him start on Tuesday in Jason Vargas’ spot in the rotation.

“We’ll probably announce tomorrow what we’ll do,” Wakamatsu said.

3. Carlos Silva took time from his pregame session of hitting balls with a fungo bat over the fence and threw at a distance of 100 feet. The preliminary plan is to have him throw off the mound in a bullpen session sometime during the Yankees series. Wakamatsu said if all goes well with that, Silva could pitch in a game some time before the end of the season.

4. Aardsma is available tonight. “We’re on the backside of that so to speak,” Wakamatsu quipped.

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