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Bedard and Burke, no longer "Together Forever"

It seems as though Jamie Burke's personal pitcher has further fallen out of favor with the Mariners. And now he will have to pitch, whoever manager John McLaren decides.

With the call-up last night of Jeff Clement, McLaren made it clear today in his pregame meeting that Clement is up, and will play and will do that catching, not DHing.

"Last time we tried him as DH and it was awfully difficult situation for a young kid, so we're going to catch him quite a bit," McLaren said.

Exactly how much is quite a bit?

"We're going to catch him a lot," McLaren said.

So a lot could be three out of five days?

"That and more," McLaren said.

Hmmmmm.

And so what is going to happen with the regular starting catcher Kenji Johjima? Well, he was seen taking ground balls at first yesterday. Johjima said he was extremely uncomfortable at the position, though he played it a few games in Japan when he had a sore shoulder.

"We're going to DH him and catch him some," McLaren said.

So if that's the case what does that mean for the Bedard and Burke combination?

McLaren briefly chuckled to himself and said this ...

"We don't have any combinations anymore," he said abruptly with some irritation. "OK? Combinations are done. I'm tired of combinations. We're just going to put the best team we think can win. That's that. Never had many combinations that worked, so were not into combinations anymore."

Maybe if Bedard isn't willing to go more than 100 pitches, then McLaren isn't willing to give him the catcher he prefers to throw to. It's a little tough love.

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