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Erik Bedard has another setback

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm with 4 Comments »
July 15, 2010 5:00 pm
Erik Bedard

Nine days after the Seattle Mariners had tentatively scheduled him to re-enter their rotation, Erik Bedard cut short a game of catch today and sought out the doctor who performed surgery on Bedard’s shoulder last August.

What was diagnosed last week as ‘mild inflammation’ may be nothing more than that, but clearly it’s still an issue that prevents Bedard from even playing light catch.

Rehabbing since Aug. 14 surgery last year, Bedard hadn’t pitched since July 25 until taking the mound two weeks ago for the Tacoma Rainiers. There, he pitched 4 1/3 innings, using 81 pitches.

Two days after that start, he felt pain while throwing a bullpen session.

What the Mariners do from this point depends almost entirely on what Dr. Lewis Yocum finds in his examination of Bedard, and that information may not be available tonight.

Bedard, once optimistic he could pitch in late May or early June, almost certainly won’t be available to pitch for Seattle until August, if then. Since throwing those 81 pitches two weeks ago, he’s been unable to do more than play catch for a few minutes several times.


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  1. Pray4Peace says:

    I know VisitingFan won’t like to hear this but this guy is as fragile as an thin shelled egg. The Mariner’s would be well advised to cut their losses w/ him and move on.

  2. VisitingFan says:


    As long as it is done without vulgarity and other forms of disrespect, I don’t have a problem with people pointing out that Erik has a propensity to injury, just like many other players do. What I don’t take well nor tolerate are assessments such as those that question his work ethic and desire to play. Someone who didn’t care wouldn’t be putting in the enormous amount of effort and time, enduring a considerable amount of physical and psychological pain trying to return from labrum repair, especially when the odds of doing so are 50-50 at best. As if that weren’t sufficient, let’s consider that among his other injuries he has endured and come back from two other surgeries — one them reconstructive (TJ) that just as this one required a lengthy and painful recovery and rehab. After all he’s endured and bounced back from, to still question his desire is simply ignorant. And stupid.

  3. Pray4Peace says:

    VisitingFan, your point is well taken. I abhor the vulgarity and disrespect very much myself. It seems as if when you put a grown man behind an anonymous moniker, he drops to high school (or younger) locker room mentality and all forms of reasonable discourse is thrown out the window.

    You seem to be Erik’s #1 (and only) fan around here for whatever reason and more power to you. His stint in Seattle hasn’t been productive at all and a lot of Mariner’s fans are disappointed, to say the least. That’s still no reason to be hateful. After all, like Manny Ramirez like to say, “It’s just baseball.”

    Have a great day.

    GO Ms!!

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