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Mariners Shut Down Mr. Bedard

Erik Bedard's first half officially ended Tuesday, when the Seattle Mariners said the oft-injured left-hander would not start before the All-Star break – and wouldn't be among the first two or three starting pitchers afterward.

"We have enough pitching to get us to the break and then four days during the break, so why not use it to help him get id of all the nagging things bothering him?" asked manager Jim Riggleman.

Acquired in trade before spring training and named the Mariners opening day starter, Bedard has missed games this season because of a sore hip, back spasms and now a tender left shoulder.

When healthy, he's gone 6-4 with a 3.67 earned run average, pitching 81 innings in 15 first-half starts.

With Bedard sidelined, the Mariners will return Ryan Rowland-Smith to the bullpen and start Jarrod Washburn on Saturday, then Miguel Batista on Sunday.

And after the All-Star break?

Riggleman said the tentative plan was to start Felix Hernandez, Washburn, Silva and then Bedard after the break.

"It would be nice to start the second half with the pitching staff we envisioned coming out of camp," Riggleman said. "If we get Felix and Erik and J.J. (Putz) back healthy, we're a much improved team.

Hernandez and Putz are on the disabled list, scheduled to return to the team early after the All-Star break. Bedard reported a tender shoulder after his last start.

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