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February 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Erik Bedard throws live BP as Mariners move on to next stage of spring training

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This morning marked a new stage of spring training as pitchers, catchers and hitters got a taste of the real thing when it comes to batter-pitcher matchups. Erik Bedard was the first pitcher out there on the main mound, throwing for about 10 minutes. Hitters were supposed to be mostly tracking the ball, not swinging.

But there were a few guys who took some cuts.
One of them was Jack Wilson, who unloaded for a home run real deep to left off poor Garrett Olson. I’d turned off all the cameras and video equipment by then, not expecting a Wilson-Olson showdown to produce much. So, sorry about that. It’s like missing a lunar eclipse.
Anyhow, I was around to catch an amusing exchange between Olson and Bedard, which I’ll share after the jump.


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About a half-hour after yielding the home run, Olson headed back into the clubhouse. Bedard was already there.
Here’s how the conversation went.
BEDARD: How’d you do?
OLSON: OK. But I gave up a bomb. To Jack.
BEDARD: Jack Cust?
OLSON: No, Jack Wilson.
BEDARD: Really?
Not making this up. That was the actual conversation.
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Anyhow, Bedard hasn’t thrown live BP since partway through last season when he was trying to make his way back from shoulder surgery. So, this was another positive step for him, as long as he doesn’t feel anything tomorrow. We’ll see.
As for Wilson, looks like that murmuring by manager Eric Wedge about moving him to second base has already lit a fire under him. OK, maybe not. But any more swings like that, he’ll have to steal the “Hack” Wilson nickname away from fellow infielder and namesake Josh. The latter can just stick to Paperboy.

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