Erik Bedard passed one small test today and will face a larger one Tuesday, when he throws his first bullpen since going on the disabled with shoulder inflammation.
"Today is a big day to see where he's at," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We'll try to push him a little. If he feels good, we'll continue down this path. If he feels the same thing in there, we'll probably have him looked at again.
"If it hasn t gotten any better, we'll probably have an MRI done. If he feels something, that's a red flag."
Bedard then walked into the outfield and played catch. How did he feel afterward?
"I felt fine," Bedard said, surprised to be asked. "It was just playing catch. I probably won't know how I'm feeling until I throw the bullpen in Kansas City."
So, no pain today?
"No, but again, I was just playing catch," he said.
Bedard will throw a bullpen Tuesday, after which he'll either feel fine or feel less than fine - at which point the Mariners will likely have him get an MRI on his left shoulder.