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August 7, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Mariners-Royals game thread, Aug. 7

Bedard’s surgery successful
It’s become an unwanted part of Erik Bedard’s baseball life: Late-season surgery on his pitching shoulder.
And if he’s correct, this will be the last one as a member of the Mariners.
Bedard, 31, returned to the Mariner clubhouse Saturday after Friday surgery to remove a bone spur in his left AC joint. It’s his third operation in three seasons on the shoulder.
Bedard, who had major surgery on his labrum last Aug. 14, had been ticketed to return to the M’s rotation in July. But in his final rehab starts at Tacoma, he felt discomfort, resulting in the latest operation and ending his 2010 season before it could begin.
“That’s the most disappointing part,” Bedard said. “You get pretty much at the end, when you’re going to get (back) to the big leagues, and it breaks down.”
Bedard is signed only through this season, with a club option for 2011. Asked if he thought he might return to the M’s, he said he’d “love to.”
“But I didn’t pitch this year,” he said. “So why would they pick up the option? It’s just common sense.”
Manager Don Wakamatsu, asked if he’d take Bedard on for another season, said, “That’s strictly Jack’s decision (referring to general manager Jack Zduriencik). It’s a decision for the front office.”
Bedard has had an injury-riddled three years with Seattle that have frustrated Mariners fans. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder late in September, 2008, a season that included two other disabled-list stints for hip and shoulder problems.
His career numbers for the M’s: An 11-7 record with a 3.24 earned-run average, 164 innings pitched over 30 starts.
Both Bedard and trainer Rick Griffin expressed optimism that this latest procedure can be overcome in stride. There was no damage to the labrum or rotator cuff.
“It’s going to be an easy rehab compared to last year,” said Bedard, acquired in the controversial trade with Baltimore early in 2008 that sent Adam Jones, George Sherrill and other prospects to the Orioles.
Said Griffin, “For him to be so close, and to see how hard he’s worked and the bullpens he’s thrown . . . this year, especially, he’s been phenomenal. He’s done everything he’s been asked to do.”
Griffin said he talked to a Yankees scout who had seen bullpen sessions by both Bedard and ex-Mariner Cliff Lee on the same day as Lee was recovering from an abdominal-muscle problem in April.
“He (the scout) told me Bedard’s bullpen was better than Cliff Lee’s, and he thought Bedard was going to come back before Cliff Lee,” Griffin said. “So that’s how good Erik was throwing.
“It gets frustrating. You throw, feel good, go to bed and you wake up, and feel those pains. It’s a roller-coaster, especially when you’ve gone through it three times.”
 LF Michael Saunders is still stiff, Wakamatsu reported, from a collision with the outfield fence Wednesday night and will sit another day or two.
 C Josh Bard, bothered by a stiff neck since July 31, should be able to give Adam Moore a rest Sunday or Monday, when the M’s open a home series with Oakland.
 Wakamatsu had no update on a CT scan undergone by pitcher Shawn Kelley, out with elbow problems.
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