Another minor league invite, Bedard could provide valuable depth in the middle of the rotation, or he could spend most of the year in the minors pitching for Oklahoma City.

Injuries are just a part of being a pitcher. If you throw the ball in an unnatural manner, something in your shoulder or elbow will get out of whack eventually.

That's why there's such a thing as TINSTAAPP (There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect) and why guys like Erik Bedard get signed. Teams take chances on pitchers who have injury histories much more than they take chances on pitchers rebounding from terrible recent performances. That's why Houston signed Bedard and not Dice-K.