Lengthy Rehab Follows Successful Surgery for Bere
Gregor, Scot, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Scot Gregor Daily Herald Sports Writer
BOSTON - Jason Bere was supposed to pitch for the White Sox today in front of his hometown fans at Fenway Park.
But after having his right elbow operated on Friday, Bere won't even pick up a baseball for at least six months. The right-handed starter had successful surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
"The prognosis for Jason following the surgery is good," said Sox trainer Herm Schneider. "It will require a lengthy rehabilitation process and we'll begin that program in the very near future."
The major concern was that Bere had a torn ligament in the elbow, which would have required "Tommy John" surgery. If that were the case, a ligament from Bere's leg would have been removed and used to repair the elbow.
"The ligament was thinned out, but it wasn't torn," Schneider said. "That will help in the rehabilitation process. The muscle had some dead tissue attached to the bone. (Andrews) cleaned it up and re-attached it."
Bere has experienced pain in the elbow since last season and was 8-16 with a 7.49 ERA over that span. In his first two seasons with the White Sox, he was 24-7 with a 3.63 ERA.
- The White Sox are still undecided about who will start against the Red Sox today.
"It's probably between (right-hander Marvin) Freeman and (lefty Mike) Bertotti," said manager Terry Bevington. "Those are the top two considered guys. …