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June 17, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Digging deeper into the Erik Bedard situation

Today’s big story, of course, is Erik Bedard going on the disabled list because of his shoulder inflammation. The secondary story is Mike Carp coming up from Tacoma to take his roster spot. It sounds like Carp might not be here much beyond, when Russell Branyan is going to be in Georgia at his grandfather’s funeral. The Mariners are hoping that Branyan is back in time for Friday’s game in Seattle, at which time Carp might be back with Tacoma.
“We’re looking at short-term right now,” manager Don Wakamatsu said of Carp’s stay. “But it’s a great opportunity for him. There’s probably not a better place to come for your debut than San Diego.”
Especially when your entire family is in nearby Long Beach. They hustled down for tonight’s game; Carp left 28 passes.
Now, on to Bedard. The Mariners are still calling it “precautionary,” but he’s going to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Anaheim tomorrow. Yocum is the guy who did Bedard’s shoulder surgery on Sept. 26. With the obvious ramifications on his trade value, this is clearly not good news. Bedard is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 23. If he pitches that day, he would have gone more than two weeks since his last appearance on June 7. Teams interested in trading for him no doubt will want to see him pitch successfully over several starts before exploring any deals for Bedard.
Bedard, by the way, was out of the clubhouse before it opened, and we didn’t have a chance to talk to him.
Here are some quotes from GM Jack Zduriencik:
“With Erik, I’m hoping this is just precautionary. Hes going to go up and see Dr. Yocum tomorrow, who did some work on him this past winter. We backdated the DL, which bought us some time. What were hoping for is hes ready to go next week.
“Thats the plan for him. But well know a little bit more after tomorrow. Nobody wants to take a chance with has as good as he’s been throwing. Yocum is very familiar with him and what’s went on in the past. I think theres a comfort zone there, so well see what happens tomorrow.
“He talked the other day about not feeling good. Well see. At this moment, I’m not throwing up red flags or anything. We need this guy and he knows that.
“He just said he was uncomfortable. When he got done throwing (Tuesday), he said he felt a little bit back there. But he said he was okay. We were going to do a bullpen today. But thinking through this thing a little bit more, we talked about it this afternoon when Don and I went to lunch. And we just said, hes already missed time. We can back-date this thing 10 days, a little bit similar to what we did with Ichiro, and save some time. But if he goes and does a bullpen session and we try to run him out there on Friday and hes uncomfortable again, now where are we at with this? So lets back him off. Sometimes these things take care of themselves in a short period of time.
“He took it in stride. I think there is a comfort lvel with him seeing Yocum, just because Yocom knows him. Anybody thats competitive like this, and you have an uncomfortable feeling, you’d like to have some reassurance.”
And here are some quotes from Wakamatsu:
“There was nothing after his last start. Then he felt some achiness, some inflammation in there. The last thing we want to do is to have him go down that path of last year. So instead of having him throw that bullpen today, we said, Let’s get it checked out. We can back-date him and be ready for the Tuesday start.
“Coming into today, he felt a little stiffiness in there and didn’t like what he felt. It’s one of those things, you don’t know how he feels. You can’t get inside his body. I’d be the last guy to question that, because I went through a similar situation. All we care about is getting it right.
Noting that last year Bedard didn’t tell the Mariners when he was hurt, Wakamatsu said, “This year, because he went through that last year, and didn’t want to go through that and miss that much time, he’s done a great job as far as letting us know he feels something in there that’s not quite 100 percent . We want to make sure we keep him healthy all year.”



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