Not much news going on with the team today other than injury stuff dealing with Erik Bedard.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said that team Dr. Edward Khalfayan and Bedard's surgeon, Dr. Lewis Yocumb, are still looking at and discussing the results of Erik Bedard's MRI. So we may not have a specific prognosis today, but perhaps tomorrow.
"It's still kind of up in the air," Wakamatsu said. "I know the MRI showed some inflammation in there. But I haven't been given any news on what the direction is at this point."
Bedard did tell the Seattle Times that he didn't think he would pitch again this season, he also kind of repeated the same thing briefly today before disappearing back into the clubhouse.
Wakamatsu said he read Bedard's comment in the paper, but wouldn't speculate on it.
"I haven't talked to him about it and he hasn't said anything to me about it," Wakamatsu said.
Right now, Bedard isn't going to throw for the foreseeable future. And once he feels good enough to throw, the whole throwing routine would have to be gone through again before he sets foot on the mound.
"I know he wants to pitch and we want him to pitch," Wakamatsu said.
Wakamatsu always believed the Bedard would not only pitch this season, but a viable contributor.
"Absolutely," he said. "You go back to coming out of spring training and the glimpses that we saw of him throwing at different times, we thought he'd real close and his recovery would be pretty fast. But he's had some setbacks and you just don't know how somebody is going to react after surgery. As you increase that volume or increase that intensity, there's always a chance things are going to pop up."
Was it fair to expect Bedard to return after nine months? Probably not. The normal recovery time for this injury is 10 to 12 months, but really it seems to be longer. Wakamatsu didn't think they rushed him back.
"I think we've been more than careful with him," Wakamatsu said. "We stuck by the 10 months. Everything is always going to be according to how he feels. And there were times he felt really good."
Other injury news ...
OF Michael Saunders said his finger is doing better. He hit off the tee and is taking batting practice today. The big key will be throwing for him as well.
1B Russell Branyan (back spasms) will be out a few more days.
C Rob Johnson (back/hip) said the injury he suffered had nothing to do with his surgically repaired left hip.
"I jarred on Ramirez's swinging bunt," he said. "My heel dug into the ground and just jarred my hip and lower back."
Johnson said he'd be back in a few days.
Lineup -- pic style
Finally, the M's have signed three draftees from the 2010 draft - the highest being eighth-round pick OF Jabari Blash.
Blash, 20, will report to Peoria, Arizona, to begin his professional career with the Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound right-handed hitting outfielder, hit .341 (28x82) with 31 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 12 RBI in 29 games in 2010. He was named to the 2009 First Team All Southern Conference after his freshman season. Blash attended Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
From the press release ...
McNamara also announced today the club has recently signed two additional players from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Stephen Landazuri (22nd), and right-handed pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen (45th).
Landazuri, 18, was the Mariners 22nd round-selection out of Wilmer Carter High School in Rialto, California. He will report to Peoria, Arizona to begin his professional career with the AZL Mariners. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed pitcher was 3-7 with 1 save and a 3.05 ERA (27 ER, 65.0 IP) in 10 appearances this year. He limited opponents to a .241 average, while walking 20 and striking out 85. He also hit .403 (27x67) with 15 runs scored, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games.
Kohlscheen, 21, made 17 appearances in his first season at Auburn University, going 1-0 with 2 saves and a 6.49 ERA. All but two of his appearances came out of the bullpen and he retired the first hitter he faced in 11 out of his 15 appearances, allowing just five of 14 inherited runners to score on the season. Kohlscheen struck out 23 batters in 26.1 innings in his first season pitching in the Southeastern Conference. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher also attended Cowley College in 2008 and 2009. Kohlscheen will begin his professional career with the Pulaski Mariners in the Appalachian League.
The Mariners have now signed 31 of their 50 draft selections (see full list on page 2 of this release). Seattle selected 30 pitchers, including 9 left-handers, 4 catchers, 11 infielders (2 1B, 1 2B, 4 3B, 4 SS), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 33 college players and 16 high school players (1 no school).