Erik Bedard underwent surgery yesterday on his shoulder to remove a cyst as well as to see how much what other damage was there.
According to a release issued by the Mariners, there was no tear to Bedard's labrum or rotator cuff.
Dr. Lewis Yocum removed the cyst from the shoulder and performed a minor minor labral debridement (clean-up of some fraying). But in the search for any major structural damage, none was found.
This sort of goes against what Bedard told reporters in Kansas City. He thought that he had a tear to his labrum or some extensive damage and could possibly miss all of next season. Now that he doesn't have that, he may actually get to pitch next year and the Mariners may tender him a contract after all.
The release said the recovery time for the procedure is typically six months. A better timetable for return will be established once he has started rehabbing.
This obviously good news for both Bedard and the Mariners.
Hopefully Rick Griffin will speak about this soon. Also Chuck Armstrong and Howard Lincoln are meeting with print reporters at 4 p.m. So I'll have some notes from that.
UPDATE: Ok, we tried to talk with Mariners trainer Rick Griffin about Bedard's injury, but it seems that Mssr. Bedard did not sign a HIPAA waiver, meaning Bedard is not allowed, by law, to speak of the injury or it's status. Usually when a player has an injury they sign the waiver allowing the medical staff to comment about it. Adrian Beltre signed the waiver and it's why Griffin could talk about his thumb surgery. Bedard did not, so Griffin could not comment.
What is HIPAA you ask?
Well here's something to help you...
HIPAA, which stands for the American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, is a set of rules to be followed by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. HIPAA took effect on April 14, 2006. HIPAA helps ensure that all medical records, medical billing, and patient accounts meet certain consistent standards with regard to documentation, handling and privacy.
In addition, HIPAA requires that all patients be able access their own medical records, correct errors or omissions, and be informed how personal information is shared used. Other provisions involve notification of privacy procedures to the patient. HIPAA provisions that have led in many cases to extensive overhauling with regard to medical records and billing systems.