Pitcher Erik Bedard won’t be able to pitch again for between 4-6 months after surgery today revealed a torn labrum and inflamed bursa – injuries that will impact him into next season.
At the same time the Seattle Mariners got that news, they were told third baseman Adrian Beltre will not need surgery on a ‘contused testicle,’ but that the injury would require at least one week of rest from all baseball activities.
In short, it means Beltre will likely return to the Mariners lineup, perhaps by the time he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
Bedard, however, is done for the 2009 season and heads into a winter of free agency with much to prove.
Sidelined since early July by persistent pain in his left shoulder, Bedard underwent exploratory surgery in Los Angeles today, where Dr. Lewis Yocum found and repaired the damage.
The prognosis is that Bedard won’t be able to begin throwing again until December and possibly February – which casts doubt on his ability to pitch by opening day 2010.