Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along word that right-hander Erik Bedard has, as expected, undergone season-ending surgery on his shoulder. The procedure was performed by Mariners surgeon Dr. Edward Khalfayan and assisted by Dr. Lewis Yocum. It was deemed a success.
“I feel good,” Bedard said.”It’s good to get it over with. I mean, they
found what it was and it’s going to be an easy rehab compared to last
Bedard, 31, did not throw a pitch in a major league game this season and the Mariners will almost certainly let his $8 million option for 2011 go unexercised. He expects to be ready by spring training but teams will be hesitant to give him any kind of guaranteed money until he proves that he is on his way back to full health.
It will be an uphill battle for Bedard, who posted a 2.82 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 15 starts last season and struck out 90 batters over 83 innings. Maybe the Mariners will have him back on an incentives-based pact.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.