Mariners Notebook | MRI exam shows nothing seriously wrong with Erik Bedard
The left-hander might have a slight case of bursitis, according to Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Erik Bedard's left shoulder checked out OK in an MRI exam Thursday in San Diego, and the Mariners expect him to return to the rotation in about two weeks.
"The only thing that they could find at all was maybe a slight bursitis," manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Wakamatsu said Bedard will resume his regular workout routine in about three days, after the dye injected in his shoulder for the MRI starts to dissipate.
The Mariners hope the left-hander can pitch again during a series against the Yankees in New York June 30-July 2.
Bedard, 5-2 with a 2.47 earned-run average in 11 starts, has not pitched since June 7. The 30-year-old missed a start in Colorado last weekend with shoulder inflammation. On Wednesday, he went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8.
Last year, the oft-injured Bedard didn't pitch after July 4.
• C Rob Johnson returned to the team and started against Arizona. He was one of three Mariners to leave this week because of illness or death of a family member. Johnson missed five games after his mother-in-law died in a car accident.
• 1B Russell Branyan was back in the lineup after attending his grandfather's funeral in Georgia on Thursday. 2B Jose Lopez remained in Venezuela, where his sister is seriously ill with cancer.
• The Mariners claimed infielder Josh Wilson off waivers from San Diego and designated C Guillermo Quiroz for assignment. Wilson, 28, batted .156 in a combined 27 games for Arizona and San Diego this season. He's considered a defensive specialist. Wilson will join the team today and stay at least until Lopez returns, perhaps by Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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