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July 6, 2008 11:56 AM

The Riggle-marole

Posted by Jose Romero

Sorry, I had to have fun with the skipper's name just this one time.

Riggleman said reliever J.J. Putz could get a couple of rehabilitation outings during the All-Star break. Putz is on the DL with a right elbow injury and might be able to re-join the roster as soon as a week after the All-Star Game July 15.

Riggleman would like to use Putz earlier than in his typical closer role -- currently taken by Brandon Morrow -- for at least the first few outings after coming off the DL. "Just to kind of get the rust off," Riggleman said. "Then just go from there."

The starting rotation will be juggled some leading up to the break. Miguel Batista, who pitched two innings last night and got the win, might return to the starting rotation if the M's can get some quality starts in the next few days and not need him out of the bullpen again. Erik Bedard will have his scheduled start Wednesday moved back to Thursday or Friday because of tightness in his left shoulder -- no big shock there -- and Batista could start that day. If it isn't Batista, Riggleman said, R.A. Dickey, last night's starter, might get the call. Then Hernandez would make his return from the DL Thursday, if all goes well with his bullpen sessions. Or it will be Bedard Thursday, Hernandez Friday.

Did all that make sense?

Bedard, Riggleman said, "has caught a lot of grief for coming out of games." This time, Bedard told trainers that his shoulder was tight after Friday's game, which he won.

"Everything looks good," Riggleman said. "He's going to get pushed back a little bit."

Riggleman said Bedard is a little frustrated. "He doesn't want to come out of games," the manager said.

Now let's go to the alineaciones (Spanish for lineups) for today's game against Detroit:

Ichiro RF
J-Lo 2B
Ibanez LF
Beltre 3B
Sexson DH
Cairo 1B
Johjima C
Bloomquist CF
Betancourt SS

Riggleman said Jeff Clement, who hit two HRs last night, isn't in the lineup because the Tigers have a lefthander going today in Nate Robertson and it is a day game after a night game.

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