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Miguel Cairo

Bedard: Shoulder feels fine

Erik Bedard declared himself fine after he threw for 12 minutes in the bullpen yesterday in Peoria, Ariz., his first work off a mound in front of Seattle Mariners eyes since having season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder in September.

Bedard didn't start after July 4 in a disappointing season after the Mariners traded five top prospects to the Orioles for a pitcher they thought would be their ace in 2008.

How curious were the Mariners to see Bedard throw yesterday? New general manager Jack Zduriencik, assistant GM Lee Pelekoudas, first-time manager Don Wakamatsu, trainer Rick Griffin and new pitching coach Rick Adair watched from a few feet away as the left-hander threw...