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July 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Mariners still grappling with exactly what is wrong with Erik Bedard

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There is still no definitive news from the Mariners about what was found in Erik Bedard’s shoulder by that MRI. And that, I’m told by club sources, is because the team itself and its medical staff still aren’t sure what the problem is.
The MRI, I’m told, did show irritation in the shoulder. And that’s why Bedard’s surgeon, Dr. Lewis Yocum — team doctor for the Angels — and Mariners medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan, are still consulting about what to do next.
In layman’s terms, they appear a bit stumped by the continued shoulder woes and where to go from here.
So, they are meeting to discuss an action plan. They should have a decision within a couple of days.
But when Bedard told me last night that he’s unlikely to pitch again this season, he wasn’t just blurting things out. Right now, we’re merely awaiting word on what the treatment plan is going to be. Bedard still isn’t throwing and hasn’t done so in a game of any kind in several weeks.
Once the plan begins, he will pretty much have to start all over again when it comes to building himself back up. And once that happens, the odds of him pitching this season become slim indeed. Remember, the season will be over in 10 weeks.
On to tonight’s game, Milton Bradley is out and Ryan Langerhans is in left field.

Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu told me when I asked that no, this isn’t punishment for Bradley’s baserunning gaffe last night.
The story remains that Bradley thought shortstop Alexei Ramirez was going to let that blooper drop and then throw to second to get the lead runner and start a double play. Bradley’s version can be confirmed somewhat by the replay, which shows him hesitating on the way to second, the continuing onward. Had he just plowed ahead straight to the bag, you could make the case that maybe he forgot how many outs there were.
With this, his version does have legs.
“Those are one of those things where, it’s never beneficial, but how many times in a year does it happen?” Wakamatsu said. “I’m pretty confident, and I should be, that if 9the situation) happens again, then (the same gaffe) won’t happen.”
So, we’ll give Bradley a Mulligan on that one. As far as effort goes, Bradley has been giving it his all, just without the results. He does not have the reputation as a loafer or anything.
Wakamatsu was asked about his team’s overall effort level.
“I think the effort level’s good,” Wakamatsu said. “The tough thing is, when you get two hits, everybody thinks you’re down. There’s no one running around, you don’t see a lot of action on the bases, you play a two-hour, 18-minute ballgame and people think you’re flat. But overall, these guys are playing hard.”
Michael Saunders is still out with that bruised finger. But he hit off a tee earlier today with no problems and just finished taking batting practice.
If there are no lingering problems from that, he’ll likely start throwing tomorrow.
“Throwing is the very last step,” Saunders told me. “We’ll do that once we know everything else is OK.”
The lineups:
LF Juan Pierre
3B Omar Vizquel
CF Alex Rios
1B Paul Konerko
DH Mark Kotsay
RF Andruw Jones
C A.J. Pierzynski
SS Alexei Ramirez
2B Gordon Beckham
RHP Gavin Floyd
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
DH Justin Smoak
LF Ryan Langerhans
C Josh Bard
SS Jack Wilson
RHP Felix Hernandez

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