Bedard to return to rotation Friday

Bedard to return to rotation Friday

Bedard to return to rotation Friday
NEW YORK -- Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard will return to the rotation on Friday against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field after missing four starts with a sprained left knee, manager Eric Wedge said Monday.

Bedard went 4-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 starts before injuring his knee during a 3-1 loss to the Braves on June 27.

Rookie Blake Beavan started the last four games in Bedard's place, and went 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA. Beavan remains on the roster for now, and Wedge didn't indicate what roster adjustment would be made when Bedard returns, but the logical move would be to return Beavan to Triple-A Tacoma when Bedard is activated.

Bedard threw 40 pitches in a two-inning simulated outing on Saturday. Wedge said the veteran would be on a pitch count in his first game back, but declined to say what that limit would be.

"We'll pull him back a little bit, but he should be fine," Wedge said.