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Bedard efficient: how about nine pitches?

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm with 6 Comments »
February 27, 2011 1:16 pm

The first spring appearance in two years for Erik Bedard took less time – and fewer pitches – than were required for him to warm up today.

The Seattle Mariners lefty shook off emotional cobwebs and worked a 1-2-3 innings against the San Diego Padres, and did it in nine pitches.

“That’s going to be tough to build on,” Bedard deadpanned. “It’s not going to be like that every time.”

Bedard started Seattle’s first spring game intent on building arm strength and was prepared to throw as many as 25 pitches, he said. No need. Throwing fastball and curve for strikes, he retired Will Venable, Everth Cabrera and Jorge Cantu without a ball being hit hard.

“I was a little excited warming up,” Bedard said. “I’ve always had butterflies the first game of spring, but I’ve never had a good spring training. This is my best spring in history.”

Bedard said he never doubted he’d be back after missing all of the 2011 season with his third surgery in as many years with Seattle.  His work today was a reminder of just how good he can be when healthy.

“I wanted to throw strikes and be efficient,” Bedard said.

Well, let’s see. Nine pitches, eight strikes, three outs. That works.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Bedard’s outing is by far the best news of the day. Yes it’s the first spring training game of the year, but nine pitch outing by him means a lot.

  2. Well that’s good news. I hope his redemption story continues in this direction.

  3. Nothing but upside with Bedard. It’s early yet–really early–but it would be terrific if he could surprise everyone.

  4. Anybody who still rags on this guy is nuts. He turned down more money and less criticism to try to prove himself when he really does not have to. I hope he comes back and gets himself a few strong years in before he has to hang it up.

  5. SharkHawk says:

    Way to go Erik. You’re an inspiration. I’ve been trying to come back from a serious spinal injury for 2 years now and just can’t. I get suicidal over it. Not being able to do what you love is brutal. Showing the guts and work to come back and do it well again is great. Keep it up! I’m rooting for you.

  6. footballscaa says:

    9 pitches? Why not let him throw two innings?

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