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Erik Bedard undergoes shoulder surgery. What's next?

Aug 7, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along word that right-hander Erik Bedard has, as expected, undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder.  The procedure was performed by Mariners surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum.  It was deemed a success.

“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, 31, did not throw a pitch in a major league game this season and the Mariners will almost certainly let his $8 million option for 2011 go unexercised.  He expects to be ready by spring training but teams will be hesitant to give him any kind of guaranteed money until he proves that he is on his way back to full health. 

It will be an uphill battle for Bedard, who posted a 2.82 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 15 starts last season and struck out 90 batters over 83 innings.  Maybe the Mariners will have him back on an incentives-based pact.

  1. Buccofan - Aug 7, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    As Mark Prior fades from memory, a new “he’s really great when he isn’t either having surgery or making the world’s slowest rehab” guy emerges.
    Not–If I’m having surgery, having the guy who performed my last, unsuccessful surgery in the same Zip Code is not an option.

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