Well, Erik Bedard had an MRI today, and the results of which are in the hands of the Mariners medical staff along with the original MRI results Bedard had a few months ago in Los Angeles.
So what is the diagnosis?
Well according to Don Wakamatsu:
"They found some issues in his shoulder," Wakamatsu said. "We don't know the severity of it yet. But there's something in there causing some discomfort, and they saw it. Right now, we're going to wait and talk to the doctors some more, and try to come up with definitive plan on what we're going to do with his rehab, and determine what he needs to do to progress. We really don't have all the details yet."
Something? As in ....
"All I've heard so far is there's some slight fraying," Wakamatsu said. "When you talk to a player, and what he's gone through this year, especially the situation we're at, you know there's something in there. It's just knowing the severity of it, and how we deal with it from this point. I mentioned it yesterday, I had a similar situation. I had a tear in my elbow ligament. MRI's, nothing ever showed up until they went in there and actually found something. When you talk to a player, you never question if they're actually hurt. Especially in his case, we know he wants to pitch and compete for this ballpark."
So this fraying is in Bedard's shoulder, but we don't know if its his labrum, rotator cuff or what. Because Bedard didn't sign his HIPAA release form, we can't ask trainer Rick Griffin or team surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfyan.
There isn't a cyst in there like last time, this is fraying. To where or what extent nobody seems certain. We may hear tonight or in the next few days. All pitchers experience some level of fraying in their shoulders simply because the action of throwing causes it, so the level of fraying and the damage done is the key in this situation.
As for David Aardsma and the hole in his butt... cheek, Wakamatsu was to meet with team doctors to determine whether he can go tonight, but it is healing fast. I did not check it out, but Rob Johnson told me it was gross and said the wound was similar to when a hot dog splits from being on a barbecue too long only that the wound goes down about two inches.