After missing two starts early in the season due to inflammation in his left hip, the Mariners placed Bedard on the disabled list on April 15, retroactive to April 9. That means he's eligible to be activated on Thursday.
John Hickey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer speculated Tuesday on a Mariners blog that Bedard could start Thursday's series finale against the Orioles. Well, it won't happen and the Orioles will have to wait even longer to face their former teammate.
The left-hander will have a second bullpen session before Thursday's game. If everything goes well, Bedard will start Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners are now listing left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn (1-3, 4.13) as the starting pitcher in Thursday's game.
Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks
Played in Baltimore in 2005
Through 20 games, Byrnes is hitting .293 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He has three stolen bases and 16 runs scored. He is currently tied for second in the National League with nine doubles.
According to MLB.com, the Pirates are impressed with his ability to play a key role on the field, as well as in the clubhouse. "He's going to give you a professional approach at the plate and a professional day at the ballpark," Pirates manager John Russell said.
Jack Cust, Athletics
Played in Baltimore from 2003-2004
After Cust collected 26 home runs and 82 RBIs with the Athletics last season, many Orioles fans were probably bemoaning the fact that the club allowed him to get away after the 2004 season.
It's still early in the season, but Cust may be proving that last year was more of an anomaly. In 18 games this season, Cust is hitting .148 with one home run and six RBIs. Through Tuesday, Cust has yet to have a multi-hit game in 2008.