Erik Bedard undergoes shoulder surgery. What’s next?
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.
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.