Erik Bedard continues making slow, steady progress back from shoulder inflammation that landed him on the disabled list, but the Seattle Mariners don't think he'll be ready to pitch when he's first eligible on Aug. 10.
"That would be tough, unless we'd sent him out before or had him on a pretty short leash," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
On Tuesday, Bedard threw 25 pitches in a pre-game bullpen session - what trainer Rick Griffin called a 'touchy-feely' session in which Bedard felt no pain his first time on a mound.
"I felt OK," Bedard said.
Another step in the process will be tomorrow and how the shoulder feels a day after testing it.
"If we have the same discomfort, we'll have him checked out," Wakamatsu said. "We had him checked out the first time he went on the DL, and he was fine."
Bedard thinks he simply tried to come back too quickly - his call, not the Mariners - and was hit with tendinitis.