Given that no one knew Erik Bedard was hurt until two days after his June 28 start, once the Seattle Mariners said they expected him back the first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break, it seemed realistic.
Manager Eric Wedge said his veteran will miss at least one post All-Star break start and that he was just beginning to play catch again.
"We'll get him throwing on flat ground a few more times, give him a couple of bullpens and he'll be ready," Wedge said. "Blake (Beavan) will get that next start in Erik's spot."
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The injury to Bedard has not been diagnosed as serious, but the Mariners have been cautious in part because they don't want it to become so. While there's been speculation Bedard would be on the trading block as the July 31 deadline approached, the Mariners want him healthy to pitch.
A trade will develop or not - the one thing Seattle can control is getting Bedard healthy enough to pitch for them them again. Over 15 starts this season, Bedard has gone 4-6 with a 3.00 earned run average In his two starts, Beavan is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA.