ATLANTA -- It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do.
Erik Bedard left Friday night's game after only three innings and 36 pitches -- he allowed just two singles -- due to back spasms on his right side that left him unable to walk down the stairs from the dugout to the clubhouse without assistance. He woke up on Saturday morning feeling a whole lot better.
Needless to say, manager Jim Riggleman felt better as well.
"He felt considerably better today," Riggleman said. "I was concerned like everybody that sleeping on it, he would wake up really uncomfortable today. But it felt significantly better today."
Throughout his career, Bedard has been no stranger to the disabled list, missing all of 2003 after suffering a left elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery, two months in 2005 with a strained MCL in his left knee and the final month of 2007 with a strained right oblique muscle. But Friday night's injury was the first to his back.
"I've never had a back spasm before," he said after Friday night's game. "Now I sure know what they are."
The Mariners don't know if Bedard will make his next start against the New York Mets on Wednesday night at Shea Stadium.
"We'll see how it is, literally day to day," Riggleman said.
Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.