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April 15, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Bedard placed on DL

Erik Bedard was just placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, the day after he last pitched in Tampa. That’s doesn’t necessarily indicate a major setback for Bedard. He is eligible to come off on April 24 — a week from Thursday. Considering that R.A. Dickey has already been slotted into Bedard’s next scheduled start in Anaheim, this will give him a chance to make sure the hip is completely healthy, and the M’s will have a chance to fortify the bullpen with another pitcher.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Brandon Morrow is called up. Arthur Rhodes, who was in West Tennessee, told us yesterday that Morrow is throwing very well. He said that Morrow had a health setback involving his biceps, but after resting it a couple of days, he came back strong.
I talked to Bedard earlier today (see previous blog entry) and he says he’s feeling better each day. But this remains a very worrisome issue for the Mariners, obviously.
The Mariners said the corresponding move (Bedard’s roster replacement) won’t come until tomorrow.
Here’s a quote from John McLaren from the press release:
“We have said consistently that we’re not going to rush Erik back. At this point, we thought it made the most sense to go ahead and place him on the DL. It should not change when he’s available to make his next start, and gives us the ability to add another player in the meantime.”

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