Relief pitcher Shawn Kelley working toward June return | Mariners notebook
Shawn Kelley says he still won't be pitching for the Mariners until early June at best.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Mariners relief pitcher Shawn Kelley rejoined the team at Safeco Field on Thursday as he continues to work his way back from partial "Tommy John" transplant surgery on his elbow. Kelley had been working out down in Arizona, throwing some recent bullpen sessions, but says he still won't be pitching for the Mariners until early June at best.
"I've still got three or four bullpens and also some sim games to throw," he said. "So, obviously, I'm not going to do anything before June 1."
Mariners manager Eric Wedge insists he still is not concerned by an apparent drop in velocity in Erik Bedard's pitches. Bedard was back down to 89 mph and 90 mph on Wednesday after he'd been clocked up at 92 mph on the stadium scoreboard in Kansas City.
"I've felt like with each outing for Erik, certain things are happening where it will continue to allow us to progress," Wedge said. "It's not always in the line. It's in what we're seeing and what he's feeling and what he's working to."
• Milton Bradley was scratched from Thursday's game with what the team said was a stomach ailment. Carlos Peguero was inserted in left field in his place.
• Mariners minor-league third baseman Matt Mangini was activated off the 15-day disabled list, where he'd been since a quadriceps injury in spring training. Mangini was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma.For the record W-L 7-13 W PCT .350
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