Bedard has third strong start of spring

Bedard has third strong start of spring

Bedard has third strong start of spring
PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's been a long comeback road for Erik Bedard, but the veteran left-hander said he's feeling as good as he did before his shoulder problems began several years ago after throwing his third strong start in a row Thursday.

Bedard, 31, gave up one run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings as the Mariners beat an Angels split squad, 10-5, at Peoria Stadium.

Bedard said his command wasn't as sharp as his first two scoreless outings, but he was pleased his arm continues feeling strong and healthy after missing the past 18 months.

"It's encouraging," Bedard said. "The more starts I have under my belt where I feel healthy, it's real good."

Bedard has made just 30 starts over the past three years, but said he feels as good as he did back in 2006-07, when he was one of the top lefties in the American League.

"We'll see during season, but right now, health-wise and stuff-wise, I feel the same way I was before," he said. "Today wasn't as good as the other [starts]. A little command inconsistencies. But that's what Spring Training is for."

Manager Eric Wedge continues to be impressed.

"He threw the ball well again today," Wedge said. "It was the same story -- very consistent. His delivery was clean and he's making the baseball do what he wants it to do, and you love to see that."