Bedard to have “exploratory” surgery
So they gave him the MRI, rested him, had him go through physical therapy (training, yes) and now he’s going under the knife.
Now technically, that is what it sounds like… something’s wrong, unclear what, you open them up and take a look around. In sports, though, it’s often a lot more like “something’s wrong with the rotator cuff and we’re going to take a look and if we’re there and we see something, we’ll fix it since we’re in the neighborhood and have the surgeon already prepped.”
They know what the range of injury they might find before they start cutting, and whether or not they would fix it on discovery. And sometimes it’s the team being tight-lipped and they know what they’ll see but they don’t want to say (and certainly not before they’ve verified it).
Exploratory surgery that sounds investigative and turns corrective happens all the time — you can go search for “exploratory arthroscopic surgery” and “pitcher” and you turn up Mark Prior in April of 2007 and a host of others. And they don’t always admit it.
We saw this with Gil Meche, where the M’s couldn’t figure out his dead arm, did “exploratory” surgery, said everything was cool, then much later the story changed and they had fixed something during the surgery — which had to be retouched later.
But there’s nothing we can do about it. Hopefully this turns out to be something minor and correctable, and the team can get him back before next year.