No, we really shouldn't. Despite all the good reports early, and all of the talk about him making an appearance this season and helping this team, surgery to repair a torn labrum is perhaps the most serious and difficult injury to recover from as a pitcher.
It took Chad Cordero basically two years to come back from the same surgery. When I asked him once about Bedard coming back in less than a year from it, he said, "he'll be the exception, not the rule."
Both Bedard and Brandon Webb had surgeries to repair torn labrums in their throwing shoulders. Both were expected to be back this season to contribute.
Here's how many pitches they have thrown in a major league game this season combined. ...
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0 ... zero ... zilch ... none
Obviously, Bedard doesn't have a reputation as being the most mentally tough player in baseball. But he was also criticized about not telling the Mariners of his injury two seasons ago. And it would be totally unfair to question Bedard's toughness or willingness to pitch hurt because of this latest setback. Just as it was unfair for the Mariners or any fans to expect him to come back so soon from a possible career-threatening injury.
Will Bedard pitch again? Yes. Will Bedard pitch again for the Seattle Mariners? Maybe. Will Bedard pitch again this season? He shouldn't even try to. He should go back to rehabbing the shoulder, building more strength and put away any thought of throwing this season. Nothing good can come from it.