Erik Bedard's return to the Seattle Mariners rotation has been delayed again, and there remains no firm time table for his comeback.
Bedard was scheduled to play catch Saturday, throw a bulllpen today and then perhaps make his first start in nearly a year in Anaheim after the All-Star break.
Not so fast.
Bedard didn't play catch at all Saturday, but did throw lightly on Sunday. If he feels no discomfort, he could throw a bullpen session in Anaheim after the three-day All-Star break that begins tomorrow.
"With the time he's missed, a minor league rehab start might be in order," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Right now, it's in the hands of the trainers and how Bedard feels."
After an 81-pitch minor league start on July 1, Bedard threw a bullpen two days later. Scheduled to make his first start since last July 26 last Tuesday against Kansas City, Bedard had another setback the day before - discomfort diagnosed as mild inflammation in his shoulder.
It's now been 11 1/2 months since his shoulder surgery, and while he's close, neither he nor the team are going to risk starting him before he's ready.
Wakamatsu listed his post-All-Star rotation for the four-game Anaheim series this way: Doug Fister, Felix Hernandez, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jason Vargas. And the No. 5 starter: To Be Announced.