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Updated Pregame Notes: Bedard throws side session, Ackley has five hits, Ibanez story

Erik Bedard just got done throwing a side session. Not sure what to make of it, other than he only probably around 25 tosses which seems a little light. He was then showing trainer Rick Griffin a spot on the back of his left shoulder. Griffin examined him and then he went back into the clubhouse. I don't know what it means. But it doesn't seem outstanding. We'll know more in a little bit.

UPDATE: OK, some I'm no doctor, because manager Don Wakamatsu said Bedard should be ready to make his start on Saturday.

"He threw eight minutes no problem," Wakamatsu said.

But Bedard will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and said that a bullpen session will be more telling as to whether or not Bedard and his shoulder are ready for to pitch in a game.

Also Kenji Johjima was taking early batting practice meaning he could be back soon.

Johjima said he's feeling no pain in the toe right now. He even did some light running. And he's not worried too much about it getting stepped on, at least by the right person anyway.

"I'm sure I'd be OK if Ichiro stepped on it, but if it was somebody like Carlos Silva that would be bad," Johjima joked.

He'll catch a bullpen session on Wednesday, run the bases and then probably to a rehab stint with the Rainiers when the Mariners return to the Northwest this weekend.

"If everything goes well, we'd look to activate him some time in the San Diego series," Wakamatsu said. "He has to be able to catch nine innings. I don't want a two catcher scenario where I have to pull him out after five innings because his toe is sore. He has to prove he can catch all nine with no problems."

Wakamatsu said Johjima would most likely catch a limited amount in one game, DH in one game and probably catch a full game.

Other notes ...

Shawn Kelley
threw a 35 pitch bullpen session with no problems.

Russell Branyan is going to miss Thursday's game to attend his grandfather's funeral. He'd leave Thursday morning and miss that game and then return on Friday and play Friday night.

Rob Johnson attended the funeral of his mother-in-law today, but there is no exact date of his return yet.

A few links before I go down to the clubhouse.

Dustin Ackley went 5-for-6 in UNC's win today over Southern Miss, fellow Mariners draftee Kyle Seager was 2-for-4 with a homer in the win.

"I've been impressed," Wakamatsu said of Ackley. "I saw couple of the highlight hits and even before the draft I saw his tapes. What probably impressed me more than anything is he attacks. He gets into a hitting position and ready to hit and his ability to hit to all fields, but even more so with his interviews. He's a pretty mature, sharp kid."

Jayson Stark has a good story on Raul Ibanez with some statistics to show that Raul's success this season shouldn't be suspicious.