Robert Falkoff, of MLB.com, reports Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard (shoulder) will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Friday, Sept. 26. The surgery will remove any non-healthy tissue from his labrum in his left shoulder as well. No timetable for his recovery has been announced yet.
Bedard's disappointing 2008 season officially comes to an end with the news. He has been on the disabled list with his shoulder issue since July 5 but has been working to rehabilitate his shoulder without surgery. The team and medical staff came to the conclusion that surgery was the best option. Dr. Lewis Yocum will perform the procedure, and a recovery timetable will be determined after the surgery is complete.
Bedard was being counted on to be the team's ace at the start of the season. However, he ended up making just 15 starts, recording a record of 6-4. Bedard posted an ERA of 3.67 with 72 strikeouts and 37 walks in 81 innings pitched.
Bedard has been a huge disappointment to fantasy owners in 2008. With the news that he will undergo surgery before the end of the season, it is safe to drop him in all single-year league formats. His 2009 outlook depends largely on the projected recovery time, but Bedard's future fantasy stock has taken a large hit regardless of how he comes out of this. In a best-case scenario, fantasy owners might consider him a fantasy No. 3 starter going into next year.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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