Eric Bedard, the once-studly starting pitcher who the Mariners gave 1/2 their farm for, is due to undergo labrum surgery next week. And you can bet that things will never be the same for Bedard.
In 2004, Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus studied labrum tears in major league pitchers and found that 36 had been diagnosed in the previous five years. Of those 36, only one had recovered to pitch at his previous level.
"If pitchers with torn labrums were horses," Carroll said, "they'd be destroyed."