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.