Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
March 11, 2009 9:33 AM
Posted by Larry Stone
CORRECTION: We were initially given incorrect information. Bedard's discomfort is on his right side, not his left. That's the opposite side of his hip injury last year.
Another Mariners' starter is down. One day after Brandon Morrow was shut down because of forearm tightness, Erik Bedard has been scratched from his scheduled start today because of tightness in his gluteus maximus.
As was the case with Morrow, the Mariners are saying they aren't concerned. But it's still ominous when 40 percent of your rotation is sidelined. Someone started to ask Don Wakamatsu, "If the season started today...'' and he interrupted with, "It's a blessing it's not today.''
On Bedard, Wakamatsu said, "It's in the muscle, not the hip. We felt it would be better to have him skip a start now, and have him throw a bullpen probably on Saturday. Hopefully, he'll get back after that point."
"We're not real concerned about it,'' Wakamatsu added. "We'll see. But right now, we're not concerned, because it's not in the hip joint. It's more of a muscle issue."
The Mariners don't believe it's linked to the hip injury that landed Bedard on the disabled list last year from April 15-26.
"It's really about being on the mound again,'' Wakamatsu said. "He had a little bit of a hip issue last year. This is a different thing. it's more muscle soreness. He had some stiffness about four days ago. We just felt it was best at this point to rest it a little bit. it might be a blessing to give his arm a little bit of rest. Everything with that is good."
By the way, Chris Jakubauskas will make the start for Bedard. Here are the lineups for the game against Kansas City in Suprise. Willie Bloomquist will be playing second base, and Gil Meche gets the start.
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Chris Woodward 2B
Russ Branyan 1B
Mike Sweeney DH
Jeff Clement C
Wladimir Balentien LF
Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
Mike Morse RF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Chris Jakubauskas P
Coco Crisp CF
Willie Bloomquist 2B
David DeJesus LF
Mike Jacobs 1B
Billy Butler DH
Alex Gordon 3B
Brayan Pena C
Mitch Maier RF
Luis Hernandez SS
Gil Meche P
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