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Originally published July 1, 2011 at 9:38 PM | Page modified July 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Bruised ribs keep Dustin Ackley on the bench | Mariners notebook

Second baseman Dustin Ackley was given the night off Friday after suffering bruised ribs during the Mariners' loss Wednesday to Atlanta.

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Second baseman Dustin Ackley was given the night off Friday after suffering bruised ribs during the Mariners' loss Wednesday to Atlanta.

"It's nothing serious, but he feels it a little bit when he gets through the swing," manager Eric Wedge said. "We're going to stay away from him. I debated whether or not to go ahead and let him swing and work his way up to it. I just don't feel like it makes any sense to push it."

It is unclear when Ackley suffered the injury, but he did get treatment after the loss.

Wedge said he thought Ackley, who homered in the eighth inning of the series finale against the Braves, would be able to play Saturday.

Olivo working his way back

Miguel Olivo, who suffered a leg injury Tuesday, took batting practice and played catch Friday.

Wedge said he expects the catcher to return in a day or two and planned on having Olivo "move around a little bit, catch a little bit" on Saturday.

"(Olivo) feels better, anxious, a little bit ornery, a little bit irritated, but those are all good things," Wedge said.

Sunday's starter?

The Mariners have a pretty good idea who will take Erik Bedard's turn in the rotation Sunday after the left-hander went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.

"We're about 95 percent sure who it's going to be," Wedge said, adding that Bedard's replacement is not currently on the team, and the M's will wait until Saturday for an announcement.

Wedge expects to get Bedard back after the All-Star break.

"We're going to take him on the trip," Wedge said, "have him keep working, get him back going and keep him in it mentally, keep him in it physically. Hopefully, they caught it early enough we can kind of nip it in the bud."


• After missing a few days with the flu, Jack Wilson was able to do some "baseball-related activity" Friday.

• The Mariners celebrated the 1980s Friday, with the team wearing its 1984 home uniforms.

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For the record: W-L 40-42; W PCT .488; Streak: W1 Home: 22-21 Road: 18-21 vs. AL West: 9-9 vs. L.A.: 3-2 vs. Oakland: 4-3 vs. Texas: 2-4 vs. AL East: 11-8 v. AL Cent: 12-17 vs. NL: 8-8 vs. LHP: 8-13 vs. RHP: 32-29 Day: 9-14 Night: 31-28 One-run: 15-14 Extra inngs.: 4-3

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