It's been exactly one month since Erik Bedard threw a pitch for the Seattle Mariners, and likely will be at least another month before he's ready to pitch again.
Sidelined by a shoulder impingement, Bedard is playing catch this week and looking ahead.
"I'm not comfortable with the thought of not pitching again this season," Bedard said. "I kind of have to throw just to know I'm fine.
"One start wouldn't be enough to know I'm back at full strength - you've got to make a couple of starts to see how you bounce back."
For now, playing catch is 'baby steps,' he said.
"I've been doing a lot of weight work and things off the field, but without doing anything baseball related, it's tough to feel part of the game. You lose sight of what pitching is like."
When Bedard has been healthy, he's pitched relatively well - 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts.
"When the Orioles were in town I was talking to a few of them, and I told them, 'The one thing I didn't want to happen happened here - I got hurt,'" Bedard said. "You come to a new team and you want to show them what you can do. The worst thing possible is an injury that keeps you off the mound. I know there are people who don't believe I'm hurt."
Bedard will play catch three days this week, then be re-evaluated. If there is no problem, he'll increase the intensity of throwing until he's ready to begin working from a mound.
"I don't want to go into the off-season not certain I'm healthy," Bedard said. "This year has been tough enough. I don't want to go through a winter like that."