Bedard forced to shoulder horrid season

TIM BAINES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

What should have been a wonderful season for Erik Bedard has turned into a nightmare.

The Navan left-handed pitcher, who was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will have surgery by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Friday in Los Angeles.

Bedard, who was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for five players last spring, will need at least six months to recover.

Bedard was paid $7 million US this season, with a potential pot of gold on the horizon when he becomes a free agent after next season.

"I just could never get over the hump," says Bedard, who was sidelined earlier this season with an inflamed hip. "I'd been off for three weeks, came back and threw 100 pitches in seven innings.

"I pitched (with the shoulder hurting) for a month and a half. In my last start, I couldn't lift my arm. That told me I had to shut it down.

"I just never got better. At first, (the Mariners) were optimistic. Take a couple of pills, anti-inflammatories, and get some rest.

"I exercised every day trying to get it strong, but it didn't happen."

Bedard, who had a 6-4 record and 3.67 ERA with the Mariners before his season was KO'd, is optimistic he can return to his old form.

"The shoulder's very delicate," he says. "In the back of your mind, you wonder whether you'll come back to where you were before.

"But I want to (get better). That's the goal."

After the surgery, Bedard will return to Navan, moving into his new home some time next month.


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