It was a crowded media session with manager Don Wakamatsu today. I guess that happens when you are above .500.
So let's get to the "nuggets" of news as he likes to refer to them as.
* Erik Bedard played catch for seven minutes today, he'll play catch again tomorrow and then throw a bullpen on Thursday.
"If everything works out, we'll probably see him pitch in New York," Wakamatsu said.
* Shawn Kelley pictured above threw a simulated game with Josh Wilson and Mike Carp hitting off of him. Kelley threw 33 pitches and looked good.
"It felt great. It was amazing," he said. "Just to be out on the game mound throwing to hitters and to be able to get some feedback from the hitters as far as them swinging at pitches and stuff. It felt great."
Kelley said he felt "100 percent normal and even got the adrenaline rush of facing hitters, even it was a simulated situation.
"Today was a big step," he said. "With the hitters in there, you step it a another level. You throw a little harder, you test it out a little more. Today was a huge day for me and it couldn't have went better."
Kelley will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and then fly to Peoria. He'll throw on Saturday and throw on Monday and then join Triple A Tacoma on Tuesday in Reno and pitch two or three times. He could then be activated on the eight-game homestand starting on July 6th
* Jose Lopez flies back in on Wednesday afternoon/evening but probably won't be activated until Thursday.
* Kenji Johjima will be in the line-up for the Rainiers catching Ryan Rowland-Smith. He'll catch seven innings and get three or four at-bats. He'll DH on Wednesday and catch close to nine innings on Thursday. He'll then join the Mariners in LA for the series against the Dodgers and most likely get activated on Saturday.
Based on the Buster Olney blog today, which talked about heavy bullpen usage - the Mariners being one of those teams.
"The use early in the season, shows up late," Wakamatsu said. "There's been times we've been fairly careful with guys like Aardsma. If it's 3 or 4 out of 5 days, we make sure he doesn't throw. I know there that philosophy-wise there are other managers that will go longer than that. But Rick (Adair) and I talk about it every day."
Wakamatsu pointed to Kelley's return to helping out.
"But you see some fatigue in these guys a little bit and when you get to that point, you'd like to be able to back them off a little bit," Wakamatsu said.