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Bedard Will Be Ready For Start of Spring Training

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SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners' left-hander Erik Bedard is fully
recovered from surgery on his pitching shoulder and will be ready
for the start of spring training.

During the Mariners' pre-spring training gathering yesterday,
athletic trainer Rick Griffin said he visited Bedard last week and
said the maligned lefty will be ready by Feb. 13.

Bedard had surgery in late September to remove a cyst from his
shoulder and have tissue cut from his labrum. His disappointing
first season in Seattle ended July 10.

Bedard, eligible for free agency after the 2009 season, went 6-4
with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts in his abbreviated first season with
the Mariners. He received a $750,000 raise in arbitration last week
and his raise could total $1.3 million if he stays healthy in 2009.
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