expected to return to Mariner lineup on Tuesday
By Fred Sherwin
Bédard will return to the pitching mound on Tuesday after spending
the last four weeks on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Fred
Reports out of
Seattle, Washington indicate that Navan native Erik Bédard will return
to the mound on Tuesday to face the Boston Red Sox after a four week layoff
due to a shoulder injury.
The big lefthander
has been sidelined since June 8 when he was put on the 30 day disabled list
with inflammation in his left shoulder. Prior to that point he had amassed
a 5-2 record in 11 starts and had won his last three starts in a row.
In each of the
two games he lost, he gave up just one earned run a 2-0 loss to Detroit
on April 18 and a 3-0 loss to Anaheim on May 21.
is expected to throw a maximum of 80 pitches against the Red Sox. If all
goes well his next scheduled start will be on Sunday against the Texas Rangers.
dont want to take any chances with Bédard who missed a start
on May 16 against Boston due to a sore right hamstring.
plagued the 30-year-olds career, ever since he suffered an elbow injury
requiring Tommy John surgery in 2002. He spent most of the next season in
rehab before reporting to the Baltimore Orioles spring training camp in
2004 during which he earned a position in the Orioles starting rotation.
That same season
he posted a 4.59 ERA in 137.1 innings and had a strikeout ratio of 7.93
Ks per nine innings of work.
In the beginning
of 2005 he posted a 2.05 ERA, before a knee injury sidelined him for two
months. He ended the season 6-8 with a 4.00 ERA.
In 2006 he was
relatively injury free and ended up pitching a career high 196.1 innings
in 33 starts. He won 15 games against 11 losses and had an ERA of 3.76.
The next year
he set a new franchise record for strikeouts in a season and was being mentioned
as a possible Cy Young Award candidate before a strained oblique muscle
sidelined him for the rest of the campaign on Aug. 8.
In February 2008
he was traded to the Mariners who signed him to a one-year, $7 million contract.
After getting off to a so-so start, he was placed on the 15-day disabled
list with a sore shoulder on July 10. He ended up
having to undergo surgery to remove a cyst from the shoulder a month later
and never returned to the lineup.
During the off
season the Mariners came under fire for signing Bédard to a new one-year
deal and giving him a $750,000 raise in the process. Several Seattle sports
columnists questioned the wisdom of the move given Bédards
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