Left-hander Erik Bedard, the soft-spoken, oft-injured pitcher, almost certainly won't throw another pitch for the Seattle Mariners.
On a one-year contract after pitching half the season last year, Bedard has made only four starts since June because of persistent pain in his left shoulder.
It's similar, Bedard said, to what he felt a year ago, when only exploratory surgery found a cyst over his rotator cuff - a cyst MRI didn't show.
Tomorrow, Bedard will undergo yet another MRI, and have it compared to one taken in June to see if there's any change.
blem was tendinitis, the past two months and all the anti-inflammatories Bedard has taken should have eased it.
The chances are strong Bedard will need another exploratory surgery, but even if he doesn't he's in no position to even throw any time soon, let alone pitch.
So the trade that brought him here will be written off as one of the worst in franchise history - two big-league players and three solid prospects for Bedard.
The issue now is, do the Mariners ask him back?
Bedard is a free agent, the price is probably going to be lower than the $7.7 million he made this year. Any team pursuing him this winter is almost certain to offer him a lower base salary with incentives for appearances.
"I hope I'm back," Bedard said. "I would really love to pitch here again."
Should the Mariners try to get some return from Bedard from that 2008 trade and bring him back?
The Mariners aren't tipping their hand, but no one in the organization is optimistic that Bedard will make another start in a Seattle uniform this year.