Left-hander Erik Bedard's long-awaited first start of the season won't be tomorrow and no one with the Seattle Mariners - including Bedard - is quite certain when it will come.
"Erik felt a little discomfort in his last bullpen (Saturday) in Tacoma, and we're going to have our doctors re-evaluate him," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "It's a little stiffness in the shoulder, and at this point, why rush him?"
The Mariners and Bedard have been through this before, a month ago, when he seemed close to pitching again only to suffer a setback in a simulated game against teammates.
While the Mariners don't see this as a major issue, it may mean he won't start until after the All-Star break, which begins Monday.
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In Bedard's place, the Mariners will start Ryan Rowland-Smith tomorrow, then stay in rotation with Doug Fister and Jason Vargas.
Bedard hasn't pitched since last July, and had sugery - his second shoulder operation in two years - last August.