Erik Bedard's inflamed left shoulder continues to cause discomfort and, one day after throwing a light bullpen, the Seattle Mariners say he is "back to square one."
Bedard has been shut down from throwing and will undergo an MRI exam in Seattle on Friday, and have it compared to an earlier MRI of the shoulder.
"Erik's frustrated, we all are," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He wants to come back, we want him back, but the No. 1 thing is we want to get to the bottom of this.
"Right now, he's back to square one."
Bedard first went on the disabled list in June with pain in the shoulder, returned last month but after four starts was back on the DL.
"The earliest he'll try to throw again is some time next week," Wakamatsu said.
Time is not helping Bedard or Seattle. The minor league season ends in August, and soon there won't be games for Bedard to pitch in should he be ready to try.The possibility that he may not pitch again this season is a strong one for the lefty who'll be a free agent in November.
"I had a tear in my elbow that MRIs never found," Wakamatsu said. "I had exploratory surgery and they found a tear in the middle of the ligament. When players say they hurt, I listen."