PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Erik Bedard has passed his first small test in getting back from shoulder surgery.
The Mariners' starter allowed only a ground ball single during a scoreless inning in an intrasquad game on Tuesday. Bedard threw 12 pitches, six to Bryan LaHair before he struck out the reserve first baseman to end his short morning.
Bedard says his first work to live hitters since surgery last Sept. 26 went well and that he feels healthy.
He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts last season before the surgery to remove a cyst from his pitching shoulder and cut away some tissue. Bedard is one month ahead of the typical, six-month recovery time from that procedure.
His next outing is scheduled for Friday in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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