The first spring appearance in two years for Erik Bedard took less time - and fewer pitches - than were required for him to warm up today.
The Seattle Mariners lefty shook off emotional cobwebs and worked a 1-2-3 innings against the San Diego Padres, and did it in nine pitches.
"That's going to be tough to build on," Bedard deadpanned. "It's not going to be like that every time."
Bedard started Seattle's first spring game intent on building arm strength and was prepared to throw as many as 25 pitches, he said. No need. Throwing fastball and curve for strikes, he retired Will Venable, Everth Cabrera and Jorge Cantu without a ball being hit hard.
"I was a little excited warming up," Bedard said. "I've always had butterflies the first game of spring, but I've never had a good spring training. This is my best spring in history."
Bedard said he never doubted he'd be back after missing all of the 2011 season with his third surgery in as many years with Seattle. His work today was a reminder of just how good he can be when healthy.
"I wanted to throw strikes and be efficient," Bedard said.
Well, let's see. Nine pitches, eight strikes, three outs. That works.