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Bedard update: Now, it’s to the DL

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on April 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm with No Comments »
April 15, 2008 3:08 pm

FYI: I posted a story earlier about Erik Bedard feeling better but probably not being able to make his Friday start. Now, less than an hour before Tuesday’s game, the Mariners are saying Bedard is heading to the 15-day disabled list.

It’s a good move just because the team can post-date Bedard’s placement on the DL to April 9, the day after his second start of the season. Add 15 days and you get April 24 when he’s eligible to come back (the last game of a Safeco Field series vs. Baltimore), which should give him some time to allow the inflammation in his left hip to quiet down.

Plus, the team won’t have to be short a pitcher in the meantime. The Mariners will likely add another arm – Brandon Morrow maybe? – for Wednesday’s game in Oakkland.

Anyway, here’s some of that first post I had…

Erik Bedard played catch Tuesday and said his ailing left hip feels better.

“We’re going day-by-day so I can’t say I’m going to throw a bullpen on Friday or Saturday or whenever,” Bedard said. “We’ll take it day-by-day and see how it goes.

“It’s always encouraging when it starts feeling better.”

Manager John McLaren said it’s too early to “plug him into a spot” in the rotation. He said he needs Bedard to throw again and have a side session before starting a game. He said he needed to talk to pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre about Friday’s starting pitcher although it’s likely to be R.A. Dickey.

Bedard missed his schedule start on Sunday with inflammation in his left hip. It’s the second time he’s had the condition this season after his hip forced him to postpone his a start in Baltimore two days.

He said his hip feels better than it did in Baltimore. As far as the injury lingering, he said a big test is how it feels after he makes his next start, whenever that is.

“We’ll see after my next start. If it hurts still, maybe it will drag on. I don’t know,” Bedard said.

And if it does hurt, then what?

“I think rest is the only thing that will help it,” Bedard said.

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