posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 01:55 PM
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mariners closer Eddie Guardado will not need surgery on his pitching shoulder after all. "The doctor felt confident that the
injury could heal up," manager Bob Melvin said in Kansas City, where the Mariners opened a series Tuesday night. "Apparently it wasn't bad enough to
Guardado, 33, was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Anaheim Angels' team physician.
Dr. Larry Pedegana, the Mariners' medical director, diagnosed Guardado's ailing left shoulder as a torn rotator cuff last week and recommended
Guardado is expected to return to his closing role by the start of the 2005 season. Surgery would have sidelined him for six to 10 months, which meant
Guardado wouldn't have been able to return until midseason next year at the earliest.
Guardado, who has 18 saves in 25 opportunities this season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1. He will rest for four to six weeks, then
Guardado wasn't able to avoid arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, however, which has bothered him since spring training.
"The knee we knew he'd have to have cleaned out," Melvin said. "The shoulder was a shock, but this is better."
Guardado signed a three-year, $13 million contract with the Mariners in December after pitching 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
He had 45 saves in 2002 and 41 saves in 2003.