Erik Bedard revealed Wednesday that an MRI exam earlier this season showed that he has "a tear in the labrum and a cyst" in his injured left shoulder.
"We tried rehab and it got better, but it never got good," Bedard said. "The pain was less at times, but I always felt it." Surgery to repair a torn labrum would knock Bedard out for at least half of next season and put his future in question, as the injury typically has a lower success rate for comebacks than Tommy John surgery. With one season of arbitration left before free agency, it's possible that the Mariners could non-tender Bedard during the offseason, in which case they'll have parted with Adam Jones, George Sherrill and three prospects for 81 innings of a 3.67 ERA.
The decision to not trade Jay Bruce and/or Johnny Cueto for Bedard last offseason is looking like one of the best decisions the Reds have made in a long, long time. Imagine how far that trade would have set the Reds back.