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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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April 5, 2008 8:17 PM

Bedard scratched for tomorrow

Posted by Geoff Baker


A look at the fans filing out of Camden Yards after the Mariners were beaten, 6-4, by the Baltimore Orioles.

Some surprising news downstairs that Erik Bedard won't make his scheduled start tomorrow. He's got what John McLaren termed as "a little inflammation of the hip" and has been pushed back to Tuesday. Felix Hernandez takes tomorrow's start, then Carlos Silva goes on Monday.

"It's Felix's regular throw day and it's Carlos's regular throw day after that, so he won't miss a beat,'' McLaren said.

McLaren said "throw day" but meant "start day" obviously.

McLaren says Bedard has had this type of problem before. The pitcher first felt it earlier today, while playing some pre-game catch.

"He felt something when he was pushing off.''

The team hopes Bedard will be ready to start on Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

"If he's not, we'll have to make an adjustment Tuesday,'' he said.

Hear what McLaren said in this audio clip.

That decision to go with only 11 pitchers is now looking more dubious by the day. Only two starters out of five have gone more than five innings. The team had hoped that all could go six or seven. Batista had been breezing along until that Yuniesky Betancourt fielding error in the fourth. Raul Ibanez making the throwing error on the same play -- allowing an unearned run to score -- also didn't help. Batista went on to throw 25 pitches in that frame after needing only 45 in his first three innings.

Batista was having some problems with his arm slot and release point after that. He kept trying to adjust and missed his spots throughout the fifth inning. His rhythm was thrown off as a result. Kenji Johjima tried to settle Batista down and get his to re-adjust his rhythm, but it didn't help.

"I think he just started to rush,'' Johjima said. "That's what I saw.''

Batista was not pleased with himself.

"I lost my rhythm in that inning, that's what happened,'' he said. "That's the only reason we lost. That's unacceptable.''

It's been a tough past few days for the M's, losers of three of their last four. A good time to have Hernandez on the mound. The trick now is not to lose this series. Seattle has been dealt a bit of a body shot here after starting the year by taking two of three from the Rangers. The M's have to ride out this rough patch with J.J. Putz and hope Bedard is not hurt more than a couple of days. Bedard did the right thing going to trainer Rick Griffin right away. So, M's fans will have to cross their fingers.

Yes, the team is only 2-3 and looked bad at times booting the ball around tonight. For Adam in the comments thread, the team isn't going to use Lowe -- the de-facto closer -- when trailing in a game. Putz isn't used that way either, only in extreme cases. It's the first week of the season. You don't pitch Lowe just because the team's had a day off. He's still coming off elbow surgery, don't forget. Has to be handled with care. Not used in a game the team is probably going to lose.

Nice to see the two Joses -- Lopez and Vidro -- collect some more early home runs. But the middle of the order has to get going, especially with all of the mound uncertainty happening. We'll see what they can do tomorrow.

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