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Erik Bedard leaves start in second inning with back spasms

May 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: Erik Bedard has been pitching well for his new team, but an injury forced him from a start and now his health status is uncertain.

In the 2012 version of that seemingly annual occurrence Bedard signed with the Pirates as a free agent and posted a 2.65 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 34 innings through six starts, but had to leave yesterday’s game in the second inning due to back spasms.

Here’s how Bedard explained the injury to Tom Singer of MLB.com:

It just locked up on me. You can’t move. It wasn’t as bad as the last time it happened. I’ll take some muscle relaxers, and should be better in a couple of days.

“The last time it happened” was 2008, when Bedard was pitching for the Mariners and pitched through back spasms with quite a bit of success before being shut down for the season in July with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery.

In the three following seasons Bedard started a total of 39 games (with a 3.39 ERA), so the Pirates knew what they were getting into with a one-year, $4.5 million deal. They were probably just hoping he’d last more than six weeks in the rotation, particularly considering how good he’s looked in between injuries.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Damm! Another guy out playing golf with Josh Beckett. Beckett sure has a lot of free time on his hands.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Are beer and fried chicken considered “muscle relaxers?”

  2. xsherr - May 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    At least he didn’t pull his ass muscle this time.

  3. florida76 - May 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Too early to speculate how much time, if any, Bedard will miss. We don’t always want to assume the doom and gloom based on projections of the past. Better he took himself out of the game early as a preventive measure. Both Bedard and Burnett have been good acquisitions so far for the Bucs, who just took a series from the NL East leading Nationals.

    • CJ - May 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      you just had to throw the “NL East leading Nationals” line in there while I’m eating, or well, while I WAS eating, didn’t you?

  4. bmorelikeme - May 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Shame he’s been so snake bitten his career because the man has real talent. Its always been buried from the national media in places like Baltimore, Seattle and now Pittsburgh, but when he is on, there are few lineups that can touch him.

    • dowhatifeellike - May 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      He’d be the #1 guy on most teams if he could just stay healthy. Baltimore robbed Seattle on the trade, but it would have been a decent trade for Seattle if he hadn’t continued to have injury problems.

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