The saga surrounding Erik Bedard and his ailing left shoulder took another turn Saturday when the Mariners said Bedard will travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday to meet with Dr. Lewis Locum, the doctor who operated on the shoulder last year.
After another MRI on Friday, the plan is to have Bedard meet with Yocum to look at the results, manager Don Wakamatsu said.
“We feel comfortable in sending (Bedard) back down there and have Dr. Yocum look at the new MRI and also the one before and have him compare them,” Wakamatsu said.
The balky shoulder has limited Bedard to just 15 starts this season.
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Yocum performed offseason surgery on Bedard’s shoulder to remove a cyst. He also checked for structural damage, but found none.
Earlier this season, when Bedard experienced inflammation in San Diego, he made a trip to Los Angeles to meet with Yocum.
Wakamatsu said Friday the latest test showed some fraying in Bedard’s shoulder.
When asked on Saturday for specifics, Wakamatsu wasn’t certain.
“I don’t know that,” Wakamatsu said. “I don’t what’s causing the discomfort. Surgery could be a possibility on that. I don’t know. That’s why we’re sending him down there.”
Bedard, who is on the disabled list for the fourth time in two years, said Friday that this discomfort is coming from a new area, the top of his shoulder.
Many believe Bedard has thrown his last pitch this season, and his last as a Mariner, and any sort of surgery would make that almost a certainty.
Ryan Langerhans said he received lots of calls and texts – “probably over 50 or 60” – after his walk-off home run decided Friday’s 7-6, 10th-inning win over the Rays.
“I’ve been getting them a lot (Saturday) because the game didn’t get over till so late and people are just seeing the highlights back home,” said Langerhans, a San Antonio native.
But one of the calls was more of a pre-emptive warning that he will need to be doing some congratulating of his own.
Langerhans said his pregnant sister had gone into labor right about the time Friday’s game began.
“I actually talked to her last night,” Langerhans said. Before the start of Saturday’s game, she was still in labor.
“She’s been in labor for close to 24 hours,” Langerhans said with a shake of his head.
That may upstage even a walk-off homer.
Fister to start Tuesday?
Doug Fister, who was called up on Friday, joined the Mariners on Saturday. But his exact role has yet to be determined. The speculation is that Fister would make Jason Vargas’ scheduled start on Tuesday.
“We haven’t made the official decision to start him on Tuesday, but we are thinking strongly that way,” Wakamatsu said. “We’ll probably make that announcement on (Sunday).
Until then, Fister will be in the Mariners bullpen as an emergency long relief pitcher.
Most days Carlos Silva is around the clubhouse fooling around with Felix Hernandez. He can also be seen jogging in the outfield and working out before batting practice before doing his rehab with the trainers. But on Saturday, he was out throwing long toss at a distance of 100 feet.
Wakamatsu said the progress made could lead to Silva throwing off the mound in a bullpen session as early as next weekend.
“We don’t know what that means, but if he progresses he could be back before the end of the year,” Wakamatsu said. “To get him back throwing, we’re awfully fortunate.”
The Mariners will wrap up the three-game series with the Rays today with left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-1, 4.22 ERA) getting the start. Tampa will go with left-hander Scott Kazmir (6-6, 6.10). First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FSN.
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