UPDATE: Thanks to our sweet blog technology, the updated post of Erik Bedard going to the disabled list that I had written 20 minutes ago never made it up. Sometimes it's like being in a gunfight with a bow and arrow.
Anyway, Bedard has been sent to the disabled list. It will be retroactive to June 7th, he's eligible to come off June 23rd.
Is this a surprise? No. I actually thought it might happen last night after watching him throw yesterday and seeing trainer Rick Griffin check out his sore shoulder with Bedard pointing to certain spots after an eight minute throwing session.
Second, I saw Bedard walking out of Petco today, as I was walking in. I thought it was odd since he was supposed to be preparing for his bullpen session in about a half hour. But I didn't want to speculate.
So when you see Carp, you think that's the move, well now its official.
Bedard has not pitched since tossing 5.0 innings on June 7 vs. the Minnesota Twins. He missed a start in Colorado last weekend with the inflammation prior to being placed on the 15-day DL today. Since the DL placement is retroactive to June 8, Bedard will be eligible to return from the disabled list June 23.
Bedard is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 11 starts this season. He has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 9 of his 11 starts, and has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in any start. His 2.47 ERA ranks fourth in the American League, and he is holding opposing hitters to a .221 average, fifth-best in the AL.
Carp, who turns 23 on June 30, has spent the season with AAA Tacoma. In 59 games with the Rainiers, he hit .299 (63-for-211) with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBI. He boasts a .311 mark (46-for-148) vs. right-handed pitching with an on-base + slugging percentage (OPS) of 1.026. Carp has played mostly first base this season, but has appeared in five games in left field, as well as serving as a designated hitter.
Carp is not in the line-up tonight, but he will start on Thursday in place of Russell Branyan who is leaving for the his grandfathers funeral.
Here's tonight's lineup
Griffey Jr. LF
Garrett Olson LHP
We're sitting in the press box and the Mariners were taking early BP when a light headed guy stepped out of the dugout carrying a bat --- and I said, "That's Mike Carp."
So Mike Carp is here. Don't know what the roster move is yet, but we'll have more.
According to my source close to the Rainiers, Carp was told last night that there was no guarantee he would be activated today but they were going to fly him down just in case.
Initially you would think the move was to replace Branyan who's going to leave for his grandfather's funeral on Thursday. But Wakamatsu said Branyan would NOT be placed on the bereavement list.
We're trying to figure it out.