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'(Posted July 6)
Navan hurler expected to return to Mariner lineup on Tuesday
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Erik Bédard will return to the pitching mound on Tuesday after spending the last four weeks on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Fred Sherwin/Photo


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.

Bédard 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.

The Mariners don’t want to take any chances with Bédard who missed a start on May 16 against Boston due to a sore right hamstring.

Injuries have plagued the 30-year-old’s 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 Bédard’s medical history.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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