Erik Bedard has been throwing a baseball from about 120 feet for a few weeks now, and manager Don Wakamatsu took note - it's no longer a case of Bedard playing catch.
"Erik's throwing it on a line from 120 feet, and he's throwing hard. He's feeling good," Wakamatsu said. "We're going to get him acquainted with the mound again."
No, Bedard won't throw a typical bullpen session, but in the next few days he will climb the mound, stand on the rubber and throw.
"We don't care if he throws 50 mph, that's not the purpose," Wakamatsu said. "We just want to maximize the work he's doing, let him play catch from the mound in a controlled environment."
Bedard has made significant progress and is far enough ahead of schedule that when camp breaks next week, he won't stay in minor league camp - he'll stay with the Mariners.
"Bedard will come with us, where we can see him and work with him," Wakamatsu said.
In other camp news:
- Milton Bradley got the day off against the Cubs, will play Monday and then get Tuesday's off-day before playing again Wednesday. His legs are feeling great - he's stealing bases and running hard in the outfield - and the Mariners don't want to overwork him this last week.
- Ryan Langerhans (tender elbow) is well enough to go to the minor league camp to get at-bats in games there.
- Chad Cordero is throwing a palm ball when his fastball isn't where he wants it, and its break is so sharp catcher Josh Bard has a nickname for it - the 'Satan ball.'
- Matt Tuiasosopo has become a utilityman, playing everywhere in the infield and in left field. How well has he accepted the role? "I don't even have a favorite position, any more," he said. "I love playing them all."
- Ken Griffey Jr. was back in the t-shirt business today. Remember the shirt with pitching coach Rick Adair - circa 1989 - pictured on the front? Griffey sent one to Adair's wife, Louisa. She put it on, had her picture taken and e-mailed it to Griffey Today's t-shirt went to the pitching staff - and pictured Mrs. Adair wearing the orginal. Adair just shook his head and uttered one word: "Junior."