ANAHEIM -- David Pauley will make his second start of the season and the seventh of his Major League career on Monday when the Mariners return home to start a three-game series with the White Sox.
It will be the second consecutive start for the 27-year-old right-hander in place of Cliff Lee. Against the Yankees on June 9, Pauley let up three runs (one earned) in five innings on just two hits and one walk. He also struck out one.
"If we need to use him today, he can give us an inning in an emergency, but he will start in the Monday game," said Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu. "A lot of it had to do with his last performance. Sitting on that slot and just giving him an opportunity to pitch. I thought he did a nice job last time and deserves another shot."
Pauley has been a starter at all levels besides the Majors. He was 1-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma this season, including one relief appearance. Pauley said he's comfortable either way.
"I've come to be comfortable out of the bullpen too," Pauley said. "It's helped me a lot, having the versatility to be able to do both. Like I said, I've been a starter my whole career and that's what I've been conditioned to do."
Branyan learns not to leave it on the table
ANAHEIM -- Russell Branyan was out of the Mariners lineup for a second consecutive game Friday and likely will miss the rest of the four-game series with the Angels, manager Don Wakamatsu said.
A wrought-iron table fell on Branyan's left big toe early Thursday morning as he went to close his shades at the team hotel.
Branyan was laughing about the incident Friday, explaining how he realized he had hurt himself. After closing the shades, he got back into bed, but reached down around the injured foot.
"It's pretty wet down there, so I turned on the light and there was blood on the sheets," Branyan said. "Then I get up and I went to the bathroom and got a towel and wrapped it tight until he bleeding stopped."
Then came the punchline.
"And I'm so hungry," Branyan said. "You know, from dancing all night."
He was only half-joking. The dancing part was made up, but the hungry part wasn't.
"My guess was when you do something like that, your body releases adrenaline," Branyan said. "So on an empty stomach, I started feeling sick. So I called [a trainer], he came down, he brought an ice pack."
Branyan said the table was removed from his room.
Bedard's long toss doesn't get very long
ANAHEIM -- Erik Bedard said the feeling he had in his throwing shoulder while playing long toss from 90 feet on Thursday was "probably a little more than discomfort."
Bedard, recovering from shoulder surgery, met with his surgeon and Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum on Thursday.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said after Thursday's 8-3 loss that Bedard would fly back with the team on Sunday and meet with the Mariners doctors there.
"It's been happening for a couple years," an upbeat Bedard said. "What's next? I was throwing long toss. It didn't get that long."
Kotchman takes Friday's start over Bradley
ANAHEIM -- Casey Kotchman started at designated hitter for the Mariners on Friday after Milton Bradley went 0-for-4 in the opener against the Angels.
"Kotchman's been swinging the bat well, I didn't want to sit him a number of days," said manager Don Wakamatsu. "I told Milton that he'll play against [Angels starter Joe Saunders] tomorrow, so we're just kind of making sure we're getting guys in the lineup."
Since July 3, Kotchman entered Friday ranked third in the American League in average (.414), second in slugging percentage (.897), is tied for third home runs (four) and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.514). He already has seven home runs this season after finishing with seven in 2009.
Mike Sweeney starts a rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma as they play in Reno through Sunday. Sweeney, out with back spasms, said he feels ready to go. ... Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley is progressing in his rehab from elbow inflammation. He threw both Thursday and Friday, but still needs to pitch a simulated game before a rehab assignment is discussed. ... The Mariners had a hitters meeting Friday after they were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position in Thursday's defeat. "We talked about accountability and we'll keep trying to do everything we can to improve on that," Wakamatsu said.
Justin Smoak, 1-for-12 to start his Mariners career, said he didn't think he had hit a home run in the sixth inning Thursday when he sent Angels right fielder Bobby Abreu to the warning track. Wakamatsu has preached patience with Smoak, saying he remembers how aggressive Smoak was in the spring. Wakamatsu mentioned Mark Teixeira as a potential comparison for Smoak. Both are switch-hitters.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.