Erik Bedard is a really good pitcher. That is when he's healthy. When healthy, he's a number two starter, or a number one in a weak rotation.
In a way, Erik Bedard is like a weekend in Vegas. You go in to the weekend knowing that the odds are against you. You just hope the odds don't go in favor of the house on Friday night. In Bedard's case, you know there's going to be an injury, or more likely, injuries. You just hope they don't come until later in the season.
If you get off to a hot start in Vegas, you kind of forget that it's extremely possible to lose. That kind of happened with Bedard. He was pitching so well, and it was hard to imagine him getting hurt. I mean, think about it. He stands and smiles at the plate and then makes bad swings, so there's little chance of him getting hurt on the bases. He's a pitcher, so there's always a chance for an arm injury, but you don't really think about how any number of things can go wrong. Then he suddenly has back spasms out of no where, ...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.