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July 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Updates from Erik Bedard’s rehab start in Tacoma

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8:34 p.m.: Bedard’s night is over. He throws 81 pitches, 51 strikes. He gives up an unearned run on three hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also walked three and struck out three.
8:13 p.m.: Bedard has thrown four innings and Portland has a pair of hits, two infield singles. Bedard picked up his third strikeout of the game, getting Craig Cooper looking for the first out in the fourth.
He’s thrown 69 pitches so far, 46 strikes.
7:54 p.m.: Portland goes down in order in the third. Bedard struck out Luis Durango to open the inning. He then fell behind 3-0 to Cedric Hunter, but came back to induce a fly ball in foul territory.
Matt Tuiasosopo made a great sliding catch to record the second out and Sean Kazmar flew out to center to end the inning.
Through three innings, Bedard has thrown 45 pitches, 33 strikes. He threw 18 pitches in the third.


7:30 p.m.: Bedard walked Craig Cooper on eight pitches to open the second and gave up a two-out infield single to Kyle Phillips, but he gets out of the inning with runners stranded on first and second.
Through two innings Bedard has thrown 27 pitches, 21 strikes.
7:13 p.m.: Bedard retires the side in order in the first. He got Cedric Hunter looking to open the game, then Sean Kazmar grounded out to short and Mike Baxter flew out to center.
He threw 10 pitches, nine strikes.
6:58 p.m.: The game is set to start at 7:05 p.m. tonight. Erik Bedard is warming up in the bullpen. The rest of the Rainiers’ pitching staff is watching Bedard warm up.
I’m helping out on our Mariners coverage today, visiting Cheney Stadium in Tacoma for Erik Bedard’s rehab start.
The 31-year-old left-hander, who last pitched in a major-league game on July 15, 2009, is expected to throw somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 pitches.
Bedard is in the final stages of the recovery process after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Aug. 14, 2009. If the start tonight goes well, Bedard could make his 2010 debut on Tuesday against Kansas City at Safeco Field.
I will have updates throughout his outing here on the blog.
Photo credit: Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times

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