Erik Bedard will start Friday vs. Rays | Mariners notebook
Mariners left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard is scheduled to come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Tuesday @ N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m., ROOT | Fister (3-11, 3.30) vs. Sabathia (14-5, 2.62)
Wednesday @ N.Y. Yankees, 10:05 a.m., ROOT | Hernandez (8-9, 3.47) vs. Hughes (1-2, 9.47)
Friday vs. Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., ROOT | Bedard (4-6, 3.00) vs. Niemann (4-4, 3.86)
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NEW YORK — Mariners left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard is scheduled to come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.
Bedard has been out since June 28 with a sprained knee and can make only the one start before the July 31 trade deadline. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Bedard will be on a pitch-count limit but did not want to specify how many he would be limited to.
Another pitcher recovering from injury, reliever Shawn Kelley, is to leave Tuesday for Tacoma and pitch for the Class AAA Rainiers on Wednesday. It will be the second attempt at a rehabilitation outing for Kelley after the first was aborted due to arm stiffness.
Kelley underwent partial Tommy John ligament transplant surgery in his right elbow last season and has yet to pitch in the majors this year. The team hopes he can return by August.
"This is what I've been waiting for," he said. "I get to pitch again."
• 3B Chone Figgins had not rejoined the Mariners before game time, even though the team said there was a possibility he could be back Monday after tending to an undisclosed family emergency.
For the record: W-L: 43-59; W PCT: .422;
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