|Seattle pitchers Silva, Bedard should make next starts|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 24 April 2008 15:47|
Silva, one of Seattle's additions to its rotation in the offseason, left his start on Wednesday night in the seventh inning with tightness in his right thigh. After the game, Silva said he expected to make his next scheduled start, Tuesday in Cleveland, and his opinion didn't change overnight.
``Nothing will put me out of my next start,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Erik Bedard threw his second bullpen session of the week on Thursday and is still expected to return from the disabled list on Saturday against Oakland.
``Very good,'' Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyer said of Bedard's session. ``All things are set for Saturday.''
Bedard was eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but his return was pushed back to give him another throwing session in the bullpen. It also split the two left-handers in Seattle's rotation.
Lefty Jarrod Washburn started Thursday night against Baltimore, with right-hander Miguel Batista on Friday versus Oakland and then Bedard.
Bedard, acquired from Baltimore in a February trade, went on the disabled list April 15, retroactive to April 9, with inflammation in his left hip that caused him to miss his second scheduled start of the season. He returned to win in Tampa Bay on April 8, but was scratched on April 13 against the Angels, before going on the DL.
Silva was apparently injured in the sixth inning on Wednesday night when his spike got caught in the dirt trying to make a pickoff throw to first. Manager John McLaren said any problems weren't noticed until the seventh. With the score tied at 2, Silva walked Aubrey Huff to begin the seventh. After a called strike to Adam Jones, Silva looked into the Mariners' dugout. Trainer Rick Griffin came to the mound and chatted with the burly right-hander for a moment. McLaren then came out and signaled to the bullpen.
Silva went into the dugout and was on the bench briefly, explaining pain in his leg to trainers that he felt as he turned. He then departed for the clubhouse, ending his quest to become the first starter to begin his Seattle career 4-0 since Jeff Fassero in 1997.
``Everything seems to be good,'' McLaren said. ``Rick (Griffin) seems to think he is fine. Everything seems that he's going to make his next start.''
McLaren also said that right fielder Brad Wilkerson ran in the pool on Thursday and remains day to day with a tight right hamstring.