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Mariners staying patient with Bedard

Mariners staying patient with Bedard

TORONTO -- The Mariners are patiently waiting for injured left-hander Erik Bedard to resume throwing. Until the starter does so, it will be unclear when exactly he will be able to return from the disabled list.

The Mariners had hoped that Bedard, who has been sidelined since July 4 with tightness in his left shoulder, would be able to throw at some point this weekend. However, that hope has not come to fruition as Bedard is still not feeling up to the task.

"We'll just wait on him to crank it up and then see how he feels when he does," said Mariners manager Jim Riggleman, prior to Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

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Bedard had an MRI exam on Tuesday that showed there was nothing structurally wrong with his left shoulder, which is good news for Seattle. As of now, though, the shoulder is just sore.

With the month of July coming to an end, Riggleman is aware that Bedard would have to make some sort of progress in the near future, in order for the southpaw to have any chance of returning before September.

"It will come quick," the manager said of when Bedard would resume throwing. "But we would have to really limit him the first time he goes out there as to how much he throws. It all [depends] on the next week or 10 days how that arm feels. If it feels good, I think he'll come back quick."

Riggleman also indicated that before the 29-year-old Bedard pitches again for the Mariners, he will likely need several bullpen sessions and possibly a Minor League rehab assignment.

"He works hard in the weight room and with conditioning," the manager said of Bedard. "He'll be in pretty good shape to pitch, it's just how much we can let him go from [where he was] a month ago [when healthy]. He'll be basically starting over with his pitch counts."

Bedard, who was acquired from the Orioles in February, has faced nagging injuries at times during the season. Aside from his current DL stint, he was also sidelined for more than two weeks in April with inflammation in his left hip.

He is 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts for Seattle this year.

David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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