BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other was for stiffness in his left shoulder, which ended his season. Two months later, Bedard underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder to remove any non-healthy tissue.
Then there was 2009 where he was limited to just 15 starts due to season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. The surgery revealed an inflamed bursa and torn labrum. Bedard missed all of the 2010 season recovering from the surgery itself.
Bedard made 23 starts during the 2011 season combined with the Mariners and the Boston Red Sox. It was the first time since 2007 that he had made more than 23 starts (28) and posted a 3.62 ERA.
"It’s been a long haul," Bedard said. "A couple surgeries. Not feeling good all the time. I’m glad...