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July 9, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Erik Bedard won’t start against Texas after the All-Star Break

Erik Bedard was someone the Mariners initially were hoping could start one of the four games against the Texas Rangers right after the All-Star Break. But that plan has been shelved for now.
Instead, Bedard will play catch tomorrow, throw a couple of bullpen sessions after the break and then the team will look to get him back in when it hits the road to Toronto, Boston and New York.
“It looks like (Blake) Beavan is going to get one more start,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge confirmed moments ago.
This is a pretty big deal.


Bedard is one of the best — if not the best — trade chip the team has. Assuming the Mariners fall out of contention, he’s their best shot at scoring a decent haul of future players. But now, with his first start pushed back one rotation turn, he’ll be hard-pressed to get more than a couple of outings in.
Bedard suffered what the team called a minor knee sprain a little less than two weeks ago and was put on the 15-day disabled list. He was eligible to come off right after the break and Wedge had been hoping to get him in there on the back end of the Texas series.
Seattle has an off-day on July 18, meaning the earliest Bedard could come back now would be July 19 against the Blue Jays in Toronto. If he did that, he could theoretically get in three starts before the July 31 deadline.
But it’s unlikely the Mariners would take a Bedard trade right down to the July 31 wire. And even if they did, it’s unlikely he’d be allowed to pitch right before a deal is struck.
In other words, it’s looking like two starts tops before the deadline.

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