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July 19, 2008 11:58 AM

Bedard could be ready before August

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Manager Jim Riggleman said that Erik Bedard may -- in fact -- be ready in time to pitch again this month.

"We may get him in there in Texas," Riggleman said. "It just depends on when he comes out here Monday and plays some catch, how that goes, and how soon he can throw a bullpen session."

The Mariners begin a series in Texas on July 28. Bedard is currently on the disabled list, retroactive to July 4.

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Posted by Pete

12:29 PM, Jul 19, 2008

They are sure trying like heck to shove him back out there before July 31.

Posted by scottM

12:44 PM, Jul 19, 2008

from earlier post, BrianL:
"Adrian Beltre is a ridiculously underappreciated player who's biggest mistake was signing a contract in the same off-season as Richie Sexson."

I don't think the linkage had much to do with Beltre and Sexson signing the same year. Rather, in the first half of '06, both HIGHLY paid players stunk at the same time. Both snapped out of it in the second half of '06 when the M's made a faint-hearted run at the playoffs, until losing 11 straight in August. In '07, Beltre played well, but Sexson stunk. It was then that the boo-birds began to loathe the way Richie perfected his "RALLY-KILLER" at bats. This season Beltre's at-bat has been a bit substandard, but he doesn't begin to rate with Sexson and Vidro in the stinkage department.

Still, I agree that his glove is greatly underappreciated. His defense is (usually) a joy to watch.

Posted by doug

1:12 PM, Jul 19, 2008

D is overvalued considering his poor performance at the plate. We signed a guy to hot 40ish HR and drive in 100+ while hitting over 300 and he hasnt hit over 25 hr or drove in more than 60 or hit above .250. We paid him a-rod money to get cirillo numbers with a slightly better glove, but a HUGE hole in his swing to low and away sliders leading to his INSANE K rate

Posted by BWare

3:37 PM, Jul 19, 2008

Texas is THE WORST place for showcasing a pitcher before the trade deadline. That is, if the M's have that idea in mind...

Posted by jp

8:36 PM, Jul 19, 2008

Bedard won't pictch before the deadline. He won't let the M's do that. He will say he hyperextended his labia or something......We are stuck with him for another year so why rush him now. Either trade him in the off season or trade him again next year at the all start break when we could get more in return potentially.

Posted by Os fan

9:22 PM, Jul 19, 2008

Bedard came to Seattle and just plain sucked. Im from Baltimore and I feel sorry for you. Geoff is a dush.

Posted by downonstrikes

5:57 AM, Jul 20, 2008

We don't like him, and he obviously doesn't like us. He lacks pride and doesn't care, that has come through in his interviews. What other team would want to take a chance on that and pay top dollar for him? We may have to wait to trade Erik until Bavasi gets a new GM job and gives away their future too!

Posted by downonstrikes

6:00 AM, Jul 20, 2008

This blog's CAPGCHA functions as well as the Mariner's front office. Ooops. I meant malfunctions.

Posted by Visiting Fan

9:18 AM, Jul 20, 2008

Bedard gets criticized for a perceived lack of toughness, but to go out there and do what he has done when he's not fully healthy speaks volumes of his competitiveness and willingness to pitch through pain. I'm not sure why there are people that refuse to acknowledge that.

A couple of examples from last season:

"That's why he's the No.1 guy on your staff," said manager Dave Trembley, who was told earlier in the day that he'll finish the season with the O's. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league. When you don't have your best stuff and you're coming here in this yard (Fenway) -- [b]in front of this crowd and in front of this team -- and you compete the way he competed tonight, it ought to tell you something about what kind of stuff this guy's got. Not only makeup-wise, but ability-wise."

Bedard walked four batters in the third and fourth innings alone, prompting Trembley to worry about whether he'd make it any deeper in the game. He struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the fourth, though, and successfully lobbied to stay on the mound.

"I just threw strikes and tried to keep it out of the middle of the plate," said a visibly drained Bedard after the game. "They were anxious to hit the ball and get those runs in. But I made good pitches and they swung at them."

"He was getting so dehydrated," added Trembley. "I didn't know if he was going to go back out for the fifth, but he said he could do it. After the fifth, I was going to take him out and he said, 'No, hang with me.'

"The thing you've got to like about Bedard is he competes and he doesn't give in, even when he doesn't have his best stuff. His poise is so good that he doesn't tip his hand -- so you really can't tell when he's walking that tightrope."

How do you stop a losing streak when you're missing your stopper? The Orioles were presented with that dilemma on Wednesday, when they learned that Erik Bedard will miss at least one rotation turn with a strained right oblique. Prior to that announcement, Bedard had been expected to start this weekend in Boston.

"He woke up and felt some discomfort there," said manager Dave Trembley. "I asked him how long he's been like that and he said three or four weeks. He said that it never affected his ability to pitch. He didn't say anything to anybody, which didn't surprise me. He has marked improvement today, but I'm going to skip him a start [anyway]."

More of O's manager Dave Trembley on Bedard:

"I don't know how anybody could ever criticize Erik Bedard if you know what Erik Bedard is all about," Trembley continued. "I just think he's underappreciated if anything because a lot of people misread his aloofness as not caring. That's the furthest thing from the truth. The guy is not like that.'

These come from someone that had known him for longer than any of those calling Bedard "soft", "gutless" and worse has, and whom, unlike those anonymous coaches, was not afraid to attach his name to this quotes.

Posted by KarenJ

11:07 AM, Jul 20, 2008

OK, so Bedard is just fragile. Not uncaring, not aloof, not a Carl Pavano clone...just fragile.

So why did Bavasi trade for him, as fragile as he is? For his "hold me back, I want to pitch but my arm might fall off" attitude? You know, the one that lands him on the DL 3 times a season?

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