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Bedard rests, Bradley speaks and Pineda signs

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm with No Comments »
February 18, 2011 1:03 pm
Milton Bradley, all smiles

Day Five in Seattle Mariners was uneventful if you’re looking for news that will last longer than the time it takes to tell it – pitchers continue to build arm strength, run defensive drills and do phantom pick offs.

The hitters who are in camp take batting practice and hit the training room. The first full-squad workout is today, although the rain forecast has the coaching staff scrambling to come up with a Plan B.

Erik Bedard didn’t throw his bullpen session. According to manager Eric Wedge, it was planned that way.

“All our pitchers are going to get a couple of days off, and Erik took yesterday and today,” Wedge said. “It was (pitching coach) Carl Willis’ idea. Erik has thrown two bullpens and looked good. Why not be proactive, give him his two days early and get him back on the mound again.”

Milton Bradley spoke to the media after the workout, with two stipulations: No questions about his legal problems during the off-season – and “no knee questions.”

So, he wasn’t asked about his surgically repaired knee, but was asked about the possibility of playing left field in 2011 for the Mariners.

“My role is to play well,” he said. “I always play like it’s my last game, the last pitch I’ll see. I enjoyed being back with the guys today.”

Well, ok then.

Wedge, meanwhile, said Bradley was in the mix to play left field and occasionally be the designated hitter.  Is he the favorite to win the left field starting job this spring?

“I don’t know that he’s the favorite, but if he’s healthy, Milton can have the most impact out there,” Wedge said.

And then there was rookie Michael Pineda, the 6-foot-5 right-hander who’s become a fan favorite before facing a batter this spring. Coming off the field, a little girl held a baseball toward him and he took it, signed it and handed it back.

In the time it took to do that, a crowd gathered and Pineda smiled and kept signing.

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