SEATTLE -- Left-hander Erik Bedard, who has not pitched in a game since July 15, has been cleared to throw 40 to 50 pitches on Monday for the Mariners' Rookie League team in Peoria, Ariz.
"If that goes well," manager Don Wakamatsu said on Friday, "we're looking at the following Saturday stretching it out to about 60 to 65 pitches."
There still is no timetable set for Bedard's return to the Mariners' starting rotation, but the way he feels after pitching in a competitive situation will give a good indication of how far he has come, and how far he needs to go.
"He's been probably as happy as I've seen him in a long time," Wakamatsu said. "We talked about 10 months and we're at that point right now. The bullpens have gone well. The [simulated] game went well. He's pretty excited and he feels good."
Meanwhile, right-hander Doug Fister (arm fatigue) threw a bullpen on Friday and will throw 50 to 60 pitches for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
He is expected to return to the rotation during the three-game Interleague series against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Wakamatsu said Fister would start either the first or second game of the three-game series.