Just got done talking to manager Eric Wedge down on the field. Wedge told us that the plan with pitcher Erik Bedard is to have him throw a bullpen session tomorrow and then, after that, a simulated game.
“We’ll see if we’re going to have him throw another bullpen, or a simulated game, or get right into it,” Wedge said.
Hold on there. A simulated game? That’s a new one.
So, um, I asked Wedge, if he’s throwing a simulated game after the bullpen session is it really realistic to expect Bedard to pitch in Boston?
Wedge thought about it, then replied: “Realistically, yeah. If he throws a bullpen and then has to throw a simulated game, we’ll probably push him back a little bit, yeah.”
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The M’s haven’t decided Bedard needs a simulated game yet. But based on past history and dealings with Bedard injuries, I’m thinking there is a simulated game in his near future. Call me a glass half-empty guy on this one.
That means, he doesn’t go at least until the New York series. He could still get in a second start prior to the July 31 trade deadline — but only if he starts the front end of the Yankee series. If he goes in the finale, then that’s one start and one start only before the deadline.
Don’t know about you, but I’m starting to suspect Bedard isn’t going to be moved at the deadline.
In other news, the Mariners held a pre-game meeting on the field here called by some of the veterans.
Not sure what was said, but they met for several minutes and I could see what looked like Jamey Wright leading some of the discussion. Jack Cust was also doing some of the talking.
Wedge said he had a hunch the players might do something after he’d held some one-on-one conversations the past couple of days.
“It’s something I thought might happen and I’m glad to hear that they did,” Wedge said. “It’s a good thing when you’ve got players showing leadership and addressing each other as teammates.”
Mike Carp (pictured on the opposite page) is up here, batting seventh and serving as the DH tonight. Wedge plans to use Carp primarily in left field and at DH. But he’s also been working him out at first base a little.
In fact, Carp played some first base his past few games at Class AAA Tacoma and was taking regular infield work there as well.
“I’m just getting my reps in there,” Carp said. “Making sure I’m ready to play if needed.”
Wedge said he wants the option of going to Carp late in games to play first if they have to pinch-hit for somebody. Or — and I’m just throwing this out there myself — if Adam Kennedy gets traded and you need a backup first baseman.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
20 Mike Carp (L) DH
9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
56 Greg Halman LF
36 Michael Pineda RHP
Blue Jays (47-49)
5 Yunel Escobrar SS
46 Eric Thames (L) RF
19 Jose Bautista DH
26 Adam Lind (L) 1B
10 Edwin Encarnacion 3B
45 Travis Snider (L) CF
2 Aaron Hill 2B
9 J.P. Arencibia C
16 Corey Patterson (L) LF
27 Brett Cecil LHP