Thursday, April 26, 2012
Here are five case studies, three of them successful comebacks (Chris Carpenter, Trevor Hoffman and Jon Rauch), one of them unsuccessful (Jason Schmidt), and one of them still in progress (Casey Janssen). All were reported as having surgeries to repair a torn labrum, but keep in mind that I don’t really know how similar the operations were to Bedard’s.
This article’s two years old, and it was written in regard to Erik Bedard trying to come back from a labrum tear of his own, but it does provide some examples of what may be in store for Michael Pineda following his surgery and attempted recovery. I suppose we can also add Bedard to the mix. He’s seemingly recovered most of his effectiveness, although his durability is almost non-existent.
Some other pitchers who suffered labrum tears include Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Brandon Webb, Ted Lilly, Jeff Francis and Ben Sheets. Clemens, Schilling and Lilly were able to recover pretty well from them. Webb and Sheets thus far have not recovered to the point of being effective MLB pitchers again. Francis is still trying, but it doesn’t look particularly good for him.