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September 16, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Bedard to undergo surgery

Erik Bedard will undergo exploratory surgery on his left shoulder a week from Friday. The surgery will be conducted by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who Bedard visited with in Anaheim the last couple of times the team was there. Yocum is the Angels team doctor and also an expert on this type of surgery.
“Erik has worked diligently with our medical staff for the past two months attempting to rehabilitate his shoulder without surgery,” GM Lee Pelekoudas said in a release. “We have determined that surgery is the best course of action at this time.”
So, is this a torn rotator cuff? The Mariners sure hope not. Is this nothing major at all? Could be. We won’t know, of course, until the surgery takes place. But when a pitcher doesn’t pitch for more than two months, it gets folks worried.
Brandon Morrow is on the mound, facing the Kansas City Royals. He’s given up a hit already, so the no-hit bid is done. A little humor there. Anyhow, I’ve got to make the trip to Yankee Stadium for tonight’s MLB2K showdown with the Yankees, coming up later.
For now, enjoy Morrow as he goes out on normal rest to face the gosh-awful Royals. Could be interesting. I’d expect to see him perform a little better tonight than he did last week in Anaheim, given that he isn’t coming off an arm-taxing no-hit bid.
The lineups:
ROYALS
David DeJesus CF
Mike Aviles SS
Jose Guillen RF
Ryan Shealy 1B
Mark Teahen LF
Alex Gordon 3B
Kila Ka`aihue DH
John Buck C
Alberto Callaspo 2B
RHP Brandon Duckworth
MARINERS
Ichiro RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Raul Ibanez LF
Jose Lopez 1B
Jeremy Reed DH
Wladimir Balentien CF
Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
Rob Johnson C
Luis Valbuena 2B
RHP Brandon Morrow

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