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July 1, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Dustin Ackley sits, other injury updates and pregame notes

Second baseman Dustin Ackley was given the night off Friday after suffering bruised ribs during the Mariners’ loss to Atlanta Wednesday.
“It’s nothing serious, but he feels it a little bit when gets through the swing, toward the tail end of the swing,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re going to stay away from him. I debated whether or not to go ahead and let him swing and work his way up to it. I just don’t feel like it makes any sense to push it.”
It is unclear when Ackley suffered the injury, but he did get treatment after the loss.
Wedge said he thought 23-year-old, who homered in the eighth inning of the series finale against the Braves, would be able to play Saturday and would not rule him out for pinch-hitting duty Friday.

Olivo works his way back

Miguel Olivo, who suffered a leg injury Tuesday, took batting practice and played catch Friday.
Wedge said he expects the catcher to return in a day or two and planned on having the catcher “move around a little bit, catch a little bit” Saturday.
“(He) feels better, anxious, a little bit ornery, a little bit irritated, but those are all good things,” Wedge said.


Wedge ’95 percent sure’ who Sunday’s starter will be
The Mariners have a pretty good idea who will take Erik Bedard’s turn in the rotation Sunday after the left-hander went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.
“We’re about 95 percent sure who it’s going to be,” Wedge said.
He said Bedard’s replacement is not currently on the team, adding he will wait until Saturday to release the name.
Wedge expects to get Bedard back after the all-star break.
“I had a good talk with him today,” Wedge said when asked about Bedard. “We’re going to take him on the trip, have him keep working, get him back going and keep him in it mentally, keep him in it physically.
“Hopefully they caught it early enough we can kind of nip it in the bud, get right back at it.”
Other notes:
— After missing a few days with the flu Jack Wilson was able to do some “baseball-related activity” Friday.
— The Mariners celebrated the ’80s Friday at Safeco Field with the team wearing their 1984 home uniforms. Sir Mix-a-Lot will throw out the first pitch.

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