The Mariners have announced the results of today’s surgery on pitcher Erik Bedard, and the news is good if not terribly confusing.
The Mariners said arthroscopic surgery on Bedard’s left shoulder did not reveal any tears in the pitcher’s labrum or his rotator cuff. Dr. Lewis Yocum removed a cyst from the shoulder and performed a minor debridement of the labrum.
Here’s the Mariners’ statement on the surgery:
“The Seattle Mariners issued the following medical update on left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard today:
“Dr. Lewis Yocum performed arthroscopic surgery on Erik Bedard’s left shoulder today, Friday, September 26. During the surgery Dr. Yocum removed a cyst from the shoulder and performed a minor labral debridement.
“The arthroscopic procedure revealed that there are no tears in the left shoulder, in either the labrum or the rotator cuff.
“The surgery report is very good news,” Mariners Vice President &General Manager Lee Pelekoudas said. “There are no structural issues with the shoulder, which should allow for a positive timetable on Erik’s full recovery.”
“Recovery time from this type of procedure is approximately six months. A better timetable will be available once rehabilitation begins.”
So there you have it. No labrum tear.
It flies in the face of what Bedard told a reporter during the Mariners’ last road trip when he said he has known since an MRI on July 22 that he had a torn labrum. After that MRI, the Mariners said there was no structural damage to the shoulder.
Bedard hasn’t pitched since July 4, when first told the team that his shoulder was bothering him. He told a reporter last week that he experienced shoulder pain during his second start of the season.