Tag:Erik Bedard
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:05 am

Table accident sidelines Branyan

Russell Branyan Yesterday the Padres placed Mat Latos on disabled list with a strained left side after he tried to hold a sneeze in, but that wasn't the only bizarre injury of the day.

Mariners first baseman Russell Branyan missed last night's game and will miss today's game after a table fell on Branyan's left foot Thursday morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising his toe, manager Don Wakamatsu told the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone .

"He went to close the curtains this morning at 5," Wakamatsu said. "He knocked over the table and it landed on his foot."

Meanwhile, Stone also reports Erik Bedard has had a setback in his return from labrum surgery and went to see the doctor who performed the surgery last August.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 8:48 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 8:50 pm

Mariners scartch Bedard

Erik Bedard Erik Bedard's return to the mound is coming, but it's not going to be Tuesday as previously planned.

The Mariners scratched Bedard prior to Monday's game against the Royals.

"He says he's still feeling a little bit of discomfort in his shoulder," Mariners manager told the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker . "It kind of creeped up on him in his last bullpen. We're going to have him re-evaluated by the doctor today and a we should know a little more later on this afternoon."

Ryan Rowland-Smith will face Kansas City's Zack Greinke instead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 4:41 pm

Bedard an option for pitching-hungry clubs?

Erik Bedard By now we're all familiar with the pitchers in the grab bag for the trade deadline, but Larry Stone of the Seattle Times brings up a name you might not have heard mentioned: Erik Bedard.

Obviously he's not the most sought-after lefty on the Mariners' roster. While Cliff Lee leads the league with four complete games and a ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratio of 19:1, Bedard hasn't even pitched at the major-league level after labrum surgery last August.

There was a time, however, when Bedard was among the most dominating pitchers in the game. He won 28 games between 2006 and 2007 for Baltimore. After a trade to Seattle, things went downhill quickly due to myriad injuries, and he won just 11 games his first two years with the Mariners (while making almost $15 million).

Bedard has made two low-level rehab starts and will start at Triple-A Tacoma Thursday. If all goes well, he would rejoin the Mariners' rotation July 6. That would give him potentially five starts before the trade deadline, and if he's impressive, he'd be a cheap option (owed about $750,000 for the rest of the season) someone could take a chance on.

The question is whether, if Bedard looks like he's capable of returning to form, the Mariners would want to keep him and try to get some return on the considerable investment they've made in him. To see him go elsewhere and become an All-Star would be a punch in the gut.

On the other hand, the team option for Bedard in 2011 is a hefty $8 million, which is going to be tough to pull the trigger on given his health history and the poor track record of so many pitchers after labrum surgery. If they could pick up a couple of prospects and wash their hands of him, that's probably the route they would go.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:21 am
Edited on: June 22, 2010 1:22 am

Bedard back on mound

Erik Bedard Remember Erik Bedard? Tall guy? Left-handed? Dominating strikeout artist with unlimited future?

In 2007, Bedard racked up more strikeouts and allowed fewer hits per nine innings than anyone in the American League. The Mariners traded half their farm system to pry him from the Orioles the following winter, and disappointment has been the constant companion of Bedard and the Mariners ever since.

In his first two seasons, the Mariners paid Bedard nearly $15 million and got 30 starts out of him as he was beset by hip, back and shoulder injuries. They signed him as a free agent prior to this season for $1.5 million, figuring that with all they had invested in him, they should be the beneficiary if he returns to form.

Bedard pitched in a game Monday night for the first time since August shoulder surgery. Starting for the Mariners' rookie league entry in Peoria, Ariz., he needed 52 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and a run while striking out three.

The Mariners are hopeful he can join the major-league club after perhaps two more rehab starts, including one at the Triple-A level.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:43 am

Mariners' Bedard inching closer to return

Erik Bedard When the Seattle Mariners acquired Cliff Lee to pair with Felix Hernandez, many people were optimistic about Seattle's rotation because whenever Erik Bedard returned from injury, the rotation suddenly looked formidable.

While the Mariners are off to a dispiriting start, Bedard's return looks to be around the corner, reports Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune . After dealing with a setback in the form of tenderness in Bedard's surgically-repaired left shoulder, the left-hander tossed a 45-pitch simulated game to his teammates on Wednesday.

He is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday before beginning a rehab assignment. Seattle pitching coach Rick Adair expects Bedard to make two to three starts before rejoining the major-league squad.

Bedard has spent two seasons in Seattle since being acquired from the Orioles. He's made just 15 starts in each of 2008 and 2009, but has pitched well when on the mound. In the 30 total starts, his ERA is 3.24 over 164 innings with a 1.26 WHIP.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:58 am

O's could drop Tillman from rotation

Chris Tillman The Orioles have to figure out what to do with right-hander Chris Tillman after another disastrous outing Monday night. He gave up six runs in two innings to run his ERA to 8.40 with an 0-3 record.

Tillman was a key piece of the trade in which he and four other players, including outfielder Adam Jones, came from Seattle in exchange for Erik Bedard. With a high-command fastball and good curve, the 6-5 California native was projected by some as a front-of-the-rotation starter.

But Tillman's fastball hasn't had the pop it used to -- Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun said he never saw Tillman top 90 mph Monday night -- and he's lasted two innings or less in two of his four starts.

Samuel and Orioles president Andy MacPhail huddled after the game, usually an indicator that they're talking roster moves. The bullpen is overworked, so it seems likely Tillman, the fifth starter, is on his way out in favor of a reliever.

Another piece of the Bedard trade, left-hander Tony Butler, was released by the organization on Monday without ever appearing in the majors.

-- David Andriesen

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