The bullpen session left-hander Erik Bedard was scheduled to throw tomorrow has been pushed back to who knows when.
That’s the word we just received from head athletic trainer Rick Griffin.
“He will do more long-tossing before h gets on a mound, and we don’t know exactly when that will be,” Griffine said. “He’s not ready (to throw a bullpen).”
Griffin would not label it a “setback”, stressing that Bedard is further ahead of schedule than anyone expected. The oft-injured lefty had labrum surgery in his left shoulder almost seven months ago and it generally is a 10- to 12-month recovery period.
More information on Bedard will be posted later today on this web site.
Meanwhile, left-hander Cliff Lee will play catch tomorrow for the first time since sustaining a lower obdominal strain. He will be re-examined afterwards.
In other medical developments:
* Infielder Jack Hannahan will field ground balls today for the first time since his groin injury.
* Lefty Garrett Olson (finger) will play catch.
* One day after getting plunked in the left knee by a Robert Fish pitch in the seventh inning on Sunday is good to go for today’s game against the Athletics.
He will bat ninth in today’s game at Peoria Stadium.
Without further delay, here is the entire lineup:
1. Ichiro, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
4. Milton Bradley, LF
5. Ken Griffey Jr., DH
6. Jose Lopez, 3B
7. Ryan Garko, 1B
8. Rob Johnson, C
9. Jack Wilson, SS
RHP Ian Snell
Also, right-hander Doug Fister continues to recover from being hit in his right arm by a line drive several days ago and he is confident that the regular season will start without delay.
“It is still tender a little bit, but today is day three and it’s a lot better,” he said this morning. “There is a lot more mobility and less tightness.”
The arm is still puffy, but nowhere near as swollen as the day after being plunked.
“It’s pretty much day-to-day, do as much as we can and re-evaluate,” the starting candidate said. “I think there is time for me to get ready (for the regular season). As much progress as we have made so far, I am encouraged.”
— Jim Street