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Mariners manager Jim Riggleman fielded questions a few moments ago, and there were several about mercurial pitcher Erik Bedard.
Bedard, as you all probably know, is scheduled for left shoulder surgery this Friday. Riggleman said no one in the organization knew Bedard was hurting until he spoke up about the pain he’d felt last week.
“A lot of times they’ll pitch until the damage is done and then they’ll say ‘My arm hurts,'” Riggleman said. “And if they’d spoken up earlier maybe it could have minimized the damage.”
Riggleman said players are often afraid to mention pain because they’re concerned about their futures.
“I think it’s admirable that he was pitching in pain but I wish he would have spoken up and we could have addressed it earlier,” Riggleman said.
The manager addressed the topic of possibly losing 100 games this season, saying no one wants to lose that many and that the team is trying.
“All you can do is go out and try to win the game,” Riggleman said. “Players, all of us in uniform have long been ashamed to this point. We’ve been very disappointed in it for a long time.”
Riggleman added that there is no glory in getting the first overall draft pick next year, the reward for the worst overall record in the majors, and that the team will try to win every game until the season is over.