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February 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Erik Bedard throws bullpen session as Mariners spring training gets underway

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Don’t forget to watch Geoff Baker Live! tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT. We’ll break down the first day of camp and show you exclusive photos, video and much more.
That’s Erik Bedard pitching once again in the bullpen this morning after the Mariners launched spring training for pitchers and catchers. Bedard threw what looked to be about 20 pitches at moderate speed in the bullpen.
It’s the fourth bullpen session for Bedard this year and the second one witnessed by pitching coach Carl Willis. Bedard and others are still out on the field, so we haven’t had a chance to speak with him yet.
Obviously, the health of Bedard could be a huge storyline to watch this spring.


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The Mariners are looking a little thin in the starting rotation beyond a mohawk-sporting Felix Hernandez. You’ve got Jason Vargas, Doug Fister and — for my money — a possibility in non-roster guy Nate Robertson.
So, the team would no doubt love to add Bedard and his experience — not to mention “stuff” — to that mix.
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Among the interested parties watching Bedard throw was manager Eric Wedge, GM Jack Zduriencik and special assistant Ted Simmons.
Michael Pineda also threw a bullpen session today. As we discussed on Geoff Baker Live! last night, Pineda could have a great camp and still not make the team. There is no hurry to start his service clock towards free agency and possible Super-Two arbitration status if you don’t have to.
Not when you have non-roster guys like Robertson who could step in and pitch and would need the roster spot (major league, not 40-man) that a guy like Pineda could provide. So, it will be interesting to see how things shake down.
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As manager Wedge mentioned yesterday, this team could have more than the usual number of non-roster players making the team both in the bullpen and rotation.
All players expected to be here have arrived with one exception.
Venezuelan pitcher Yusmeiro Petit is once again having visa problems and is not expected to report until later this week. You’ll remember that Petit had similar issues last spring.

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