Well, those of you hoping to see Erik Bedard pitch tomorrow night, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Not as sore or disappointed as Bedard himself, though. After his last bullpen session, his shoulder felt stiff and sore. Sort of the way it had in the past when he’s had setbacks.
He’s seeing the team doctor right now and we should have some type of update later on. But for now, he’s not making tomorrow’s start.
“He says he’s still feeling a little bit of discomfort in his shoulder,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said moments ago. “It kind of creeped up on him in his last bullpen. We’re going to have him re-evaluated by the doctor today and we should know a little more later on this afternoon.”
Ryan Rowland-Smith will start tomorrow instead, with the rest of the rotation falling into place.
Wakamatsu said the team is hopeful Bedard’s injury is nothing serious and that the pitcher can be reassured about his ability to continue to pitch in the near future. “It’s a little bit of what he experienced before. A little stiffness in his shoulder. I think, rather than jump right into the start, hopefully it goes away.”
Hate to be the master of the obvious, but any hope the M’s had of trading Bedard by July 31 — a longshot at best — just went out the window.
In other news, Milton Bradley still has stiffness in his legs and won’t be in tonight’s lineup. The streaking Casey Kotchman will be back in there at first base. You’d have to think the M’s would love to get him on a roll before the trade deadline, then dump him for at least a useful spare part rather than have him finish the year as a backup to Russell Branyan.