OAKLAND -- The Mariners have been thinking about putting left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list, but it probably won't happen now because of the right groin strain suffered by right-hander Miguel Batista in the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Athletics. Batista, making his first start since June 25, surrendered a solo home run to Jack Cust in the second inning but retired the six other batters he faced heading into the third frame. After throwing his third pitch to Donnie Murphy, Batista shook his right leg, prompting a visit from catcher Jeff Clement and eventually head athletic trainer Rick Griffin, interim manager Jim Riggleman and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre. Several minutes later, Batista walked off the mound and was replaced by left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith.
Prior to the game, Riggleman said putting Bedard on the DL when right-hander Felix Hernandez is activated on Friday in Kansas City was an option. "There is a possibility of that happening," he said. "But that certainly isn't cast in stone. We possibly would have had to do that previously [this week] if the starters had not saved the bullpen the way they did." Jarrod Washburn and Carlos Silva pitched back-to-back complete games the past two nights and their combined efforts enabled the entire relief crew to recover from the 15-inning game against the Tigers on Sunday. Bedard last started a game on July 5, departing after five innings and 99 pitches. Afterward, he told the team training staff that his left shoulder was stiff. He has been inactive since and on Tuesday, Riggleman announced that Bedard would be shut down going into the All-Star break and is tentatively scheduled to start against the Red Sox on July 21 at Safeco Field in the opener of a three-game series -- the day after he would be eligible to come off the DL. "We feel he's going to be fine and we could bring him back a little earlier after the break if we don't DL him," Riggleman said. With the status of Batista now becoming a factor, a final decision probably won't be made until Friday. If Bedard does go on the DL, it would be the second time this season. He missed more than two weeks in April because of a hip problem and also has been bothered by back spasms. His latest ailment has quieted the trade rumors that suggest the Phillies and Rays could be interested in acquiring him. Bedard is 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA and has shown flashes of the pitcher Seattle thought it was getting when he was acquired for five players, including All-Star reliever George Sherrill and outfielder Adam Jones, who has raised his batting average to .281, from the Orioles. The Mariners will not comment on whether any of their players are on the trading block.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.