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Bedard's got an ailing gluteus maximus and other notes

Erik Bedard has been scratched from his start today because of an issue on the left side of his gluteus maximus. Yes, I can hear your chuckles.

Anyway, Bedard has been bothered by it off and on, starting about four days and it is exacerbated when he throws off the mound.

You will recall that Bedard had hip issues on his left side, but manager Don Wakamatsu said there is nothing wrong with the hip that is a muscular.

"It's something that we felt would be better to have him skip a start now and then probably have him throw a bullpen on Saturday," Wakamatsu said. "We're not real concerned about it."

Other notes from today's morning meeting with Wak ...

* Josh Fields will not throw this weekend as Wakamatsu had mentioned earlier.

"We're going to back that off and see him later in camp," Wakamatsu said. "There's no rush. He took so much time off that we're going to let him get more acclimated."

* Wakamatsu talked about Sweeney picking up Fields' tipping his pitches.

"I think that's a reason he's been a good as he's been," Wakamatsu said. "He's been doing that all year. He's a professional hitter his whole career and being able to see those things obviously attributed to that."

* Wakamatsu has raved about Shawn Kelley early on in camp and sees him projected as a big league reliever down the road.

"The way he's pitching, obviously stuff wise, he's shown he has an ability to pitch in the big league this year," Wakamatsu said. "We'll keep running him out there and make that evaluation. I've been real impressed with his maturity."

* Even with the injury to Brandon Morrow, Wakamatsu still feels isn't allowing him to be thought of as anything as a starter.

"We talked about it this winter, and we want to go down this road as far as we can go," Wakamatsu said. "We haven't talked about moving him back by any means."

Wakamatsu said one of the main reasons they moved him to a starter is that they could control issues such as injuries.

* On the closing situation, Wakamatsu re-iterated that he didn't want to go with closer by committee if no one has established themselves.

"It's still really early, and these guys are going to have at five, six or seven more outings before we make a decision," he said.

Wakamatsu wants to see someone pull away, not drop out by default or bad performances.

* Adrian Beltre's shoulder was a "little cranky" after yesterday's game and the determination when he plays will be day to day.

* LHP Tyler Johnson isn't likely to be ready to start the season. Wakamatsu said its the best he's felt so far, but it would be a stretch to have him ready for the season.

* There will be a few minor roster cuts tomorrow with more to come on March 16th.

* Wakamatsu wasn't sure about the players from the eliminated teams in the WBC returning. He did say that he would like to see Phillippe Aumont pitch in a cactus league game. Obviously, his strong outing in the WBC game against the U.S. was a factor, but also Aumont was in major league spring training last year and Wakamatsu felt it was something he deserved.

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