Erik Bedard is back on a mound for the Mariners — albeit at less than half speed. It’s still better than the idling and rehabilitation he’s been doing the last seven months.
The oft-injured lefthander took his first step toward reinforcing Seattle’s jumbled rotation yesterday morning by tossing about 20 pitches off the mound out of the stretch position in Peoria, Ariz.
General manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Don Wakamatsu, and pitching coach Rick Adair watched the six-minute session.
Reyes takes BP Jose Reyes
(thyroid) is a step closer to appearing in a game for the first time this spring. The Mets shortstop took batting practice against minor league pitchers in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and said the session went better than expected . . . Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt
(left hamstring) was examined in Houston by a doctor, received an injection in his back, and will make his scheduled start tomorrow . . . Toronto righthander Brandon Morrow
threw 52 pitches in a simulated game in Dunedin, Fla., after being shut down for a week because of a “dead arm.’’ . . . Orioles reliever Koji Uehara
expects to start the season on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.
Moss off roster
The Pirates removed former starting right fielder Brandon Moss
from their 40-man roster and now have 10 days to trade, release or waive him. Moss, a former Red Sox
prospect acquired in the Jason Bay
trade in July 2008, hit .081 this spring while apparently losing a spare outfielder’s job to John Raynor
. . . Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo
says righthander Stephen Strasburg
will make his minor league debut for Double A Harrisburg against Altoona April 11. Rizzo also said Strasburg won’t pitch in an April 3 exhibition game against the Red Sox at Nationals Park. The team had considered having him work that day . . . Nationals manager Jim Riggleman
announced he’s settled on four-fifths of his starting staff, with righthanders Craig Stammen
and Livan Hernandez
added to the already-decided jobs assigned to Opening Day pitcher John Lannan
and free agent signing Jason Marquis.
Teixeira hit by pitch Yankees
first baseman Mark Teixeira
has a bruised right elbow after being hit by a pitch in a game against the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. X-rays were not taken . . . Joel Pineiro
didn’t allow any hits into the sixth inning and the Angels defeated the Royals, 10-2, in Tempe, Ariz. . . . Jonathan Sanchez
struck out 11 in six innings, pitching the Giants over the Brewers, 8-6, in Phoenix.
Tradition continues President Obama
will throw out the ceremonial first ball at the Nationals’ opener, marking the 100th anniversary of a presidential pitch to start the season in Washington. William Howard Taft
first did it on April 14, 1910.
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