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Originally published July 19, 2011 at 8:32 PM | Page modified July 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Erik Bedard's return could be pushed back

Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard might not make it to the mound in Boston this weekend after all.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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TORONTO — Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard might not make it to the mound in Boston this weekend after all.

The Mariners have said for more than a week that they were hoping Bedard would come off the disabled list and pitch at Fenway Park. But Mariners manager Eric Wedge on Tuesday said he might have Bedard throw a simulated game after Wednesday's scheduled bullpen session.

Wedge was asked whether a simulated game would cause Bedard's return to be delayed until after the Boston series.

"Realistically, yeah," he said. "If he throws a bullpen and then has to throw a simulated game, we'll probably push him back a little bit, yeah."

Bedard was considered one of the more probable Mariners to be traded by the July 31 deadline if the team fell from contention. But that was before he sprained his knee late last month against the Atlanta Braves.

The Mariners initially said Bedard would return right after the break. But that keeps getting pushed back.

If Bedard's return is delayed until next week in New York, there is a chance he won't make more than one start before the trade deadline. There is a possibility the Mariners could deal him in August, but it would require Bedard clearing waivers first.

Carp returns to lineup

Mike Carp played his first game since being called back up from Class AAA, hitting two doubles and walking. He also grounded into a double play in the eighth when the Mariners had two on with none out.

Carp got the start at designated hitter, but said pregame that he spent his recent AAA stint working out at first base every day and playing there his final few games.

"I'm just getting my reps in there," Carp said. "Making sure I'm ready to play if needed."

Carp being the DH on Tuesday prevented Wedge from using him at first base after Jack Wilson pinch-ran for Justin Smoak in the ninth. In the bottom of the inning, Dustin Ackley had to move over to first base — where he had played for North Carolina — while Wilson went to second base.

Notes

Chone Figgins looked strong at the plate in a rare start, getting a bunt single, drawing two walks and having a hard-lined double stolen from him by diving left fielder Corey Patterson. But Figgins also committed a fielding error on a grounder to third and got picked off first base to end the eighth inning with a man at third.

• Jackson High of Mill Creek product Travis Snider made his first start in center field for the Blue Jays. Snider has been a corner outfielder and DH for the Blue Jays, who made him a first-round pick in 2006.

For the record: W-L: 43-53; W PCT: .448; Streak: L10 Home: 23-26 Road: 20-27 vs. AL West: 11-18 vs. L.A.: 3-6 vs. Oakland: 6-4 vs. Texas: 2-8 vs. AL East: 11-9 vs. AL Cent: 12-17 vs. NL: 9-9 vs. LHP: 8-18 vs. RHP: 35-35 Day: 11-17 Night: 32-36 One-run: 16-17 Extra innings: 5-4

Geoff Baker: 206-464-8286 or gbaker@seattletimes.com.

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