Erik Bedard won't be traded before the July 31 deadline for the simplest of reasons – he may not pitch before then.
Sidelined since July 4 by a tender left shoulder, Bedard reported for duty Friday and told the team he felt no better now than before the All-Star break. As it stands, the Mariners hope Bedard can play catch on Monday.
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Catch? Do the math and that doesn't look like a man who's going to be showing scouts he's healthy any time soon.
"We're going to shut him down until Monday, and we're not going to push," manager Jim Riggleman said. "There's a good chance he won't pitch again this month, but the issue is getting him healthy."
In his absence, R.A. Dickey will take over the fifth spot in the rotation.