Bedard in doubt for Red Sox
The Mariners’ rotation against the Red Sox this weekend at Safeco Field might not exactly scare the socks off the Sox.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said this morning that left-hander Erik Bedard will likely miss his scheduled start on Saturday night because of a sore right hamstring. It does not appear serious enough to put Bedard on the disabled list, but it does take one of Seattle’s most experienced starters out of the three-game series that starts tomorrow night.
If Bedard is scratched, the Mariners would start right-hander Chris Jakubauskas, left-hander Garrett Olson and lefty Jason Vargas in that order against the Red Sox.
They are a combined 18-25 in their MLB careers. Boston is scheduled to start Jon Lester on Friday, Josh Beckett on Saturday and Justin Masterson on Sunday.
Right-handed reliever Roy Corcoran was eligible to come off the 15-day DL today, but he didn’t.
He still hasn’t thrown since a neck injury put him on the 15-day DL and there is no timetable on his return.
Some Mariners fans were wondering why Mike Sweeney did not pinch-hit for Ken Griffey Jr. in the 10th inning on Wednesday night against Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson. Junior bounced into a 1-6-3 double play with runners on first and third.
“Sweeney was unvailable with his back and I wanted to give him another day,” Wakamatsu said. “Plus, Junior hit a home run in Minnesota. There’s all different scenarios there. Junior’s going to be in there, and I’ve done that with Mike. I haven’t pinch-hit Mike with Grif in those situations, either.
“As we go forward, we’ll see. Grif’s starting to swing the bat better. I didn’t think it was the time to pinch-hit for him there, for a lot of different reasons.”
— Jim Street