Left-hander Erik Bedard met with the media a little while ago to talk about the surgery he had on Friday on his throwing shoulder.
The procedure, which was performed by team surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum, was deemed a success. Bedard had a bone spur in his acromioclavicular joint shaved down. Khalfayan also inspected the labrum and it appeared to be healthy and in good shape.
“I feel good,” Bedard said.”It’s good to get it over with. I mean, they found what it was and it’s going to be an easy rehab compared to last year.”
Bedard clearly seemed relieved.
“Yeah, because when you don’t really know, you don’t know if the labrum came back healed right, but everything looked good, the labrum was fine, the rotator cuff was fine,” he said. “And it was just getting the bone spur out and start a new arm. They shaved it off, made it nice and clean, and I’ll be fine.”
But he was adamant, that he felt fine for most of the rehab process.
“Yeah, like the two sessions I threw in Arizona, I thought it was going to be back,” he said. “It felt really good and I was throwing as hard, pretty much as hard as I could, and it didn’t hurt. And after that in Tacoma, it just went downhill.”
And that was the part that irritated Bedard the most. He was so close to being back on a big league mound. Who knew his last rehab start would the last start of this season?
“That’s the most disappointing part,” he said. “You get pretty much at the end before you’re going to come back and it breaks down. You put all that work in and it just didn’t work out in the end.”
Mariners trainer Rick Griffin could see Bedard’s frustration with the setbacks and felt for him.
“I’ve basically followed him for three years and worked with him for three years, and for him to be so close to coming back to the big leagues and see how hard he’s worked and the bullpens he’s thrown, this year especially, he’s been phenomenal,” Griffin said. “He’s done exactly what he’s been asked to do, he’s followed everything exactly how we wanted it to, and now that this has been cleared up, this should allow him to do whatever he needs to do to be ready to pitch.”
So when will Bedard be ready to pitch? Griffin said that Bedard will be healthy enough to begin his normal throwing program in December and should be ready to go by spring training.
“He should have no limitations,” Griffin said.
Said Bedard: “Yeah. I’m going to have a normal throwing offseason, so I’ll be ready by spring. Easy.”
But will that spring training be with the Mariners? That is a little dicey. The Mariners have an $8 million club option on Bedard for next season.
When asked if he wanted to be back, Bedard said: “If they want me back, yes, I would love to come back.”