Mariners tweak Bedard's throwing plan
Club decides veteran left-hander will pitch every other day
SEATTLE -- After further review, the Mariners decided on Monday to give injured left-hander Erik Bedard the day off, rather than have him play catch for the second straight day."We talked to him today, and we felt that the best thing, because he's been out a long time, is rather than go two days in a row, he's going to go every other day," head athletic trainer Rick Griffin said. "He was going to go two on, one off, but after we talked to him about it, he felt good today and rather than take any chances, he'll throw every other day." Until further notice, Bedard will play catch on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of this week. "After he throws Saturday, then we'll evaluate where we're at," Griffin said. "If he progresses and doesn't have any problems, then we'll make a new plan. It's going to be kind of day-by-day after that." Bedard last pitched on July 4. Bedard, who went on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his throwing shoulder, played catch for the first time prior to Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. "He said he felt really good and was very encouraged by how he felt," said Griffin of the 30 throws from 60 feet, adding that the pitcher's next session would be identical to the first. It is too early to tell when, or even if, Bedard will start another game in his first season with Seattle. "We've got to get him on the mound before we even think about [a rehab assignment]," Griffin said. "If we get him to that point, the pitching coach, the general manager and the manager will decide." Griffin said Bedard has been doing plenty of rehabilitation work during his time on the DL. "He's been doing a lot of shoulder conditioning, he's been doing a lot of stuff in the weight room with our strength coach, he's been doing a lot of core work, a lot of leg work ... a lot of cardio, and just getting treatment on his shoulder," Griffin said. "He's been working real hard every day. He's working probably two to three hours per day." Bedard has a record of 6-4 and a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts and has been on the DL twice this season.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.