Bedard, Morrow look strong on mound
Manager Wakamatsu encouraged by intrasquad results
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two pitchers that figure prominently in the Mariners rotation this season gave manager Don Wakamatsu a glimpse of them in a game situation on Tuesday.He liked what he saw of left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Brandon Morrow. "I though both of them looked healthy and strong," Wakamatsu said after a five-inning intrasquad game at the Peoria Sports Complex. "I thought Morrow was a little rushed, but overall we were very happy."
Bedard, coming off shoulder surgery to remove a cyst, pitched a scoreless first inning, striking out one and surrendering a hit, while Morrow reached his pitch-count limit with two outs in his only inning. He allowed three hits and two unearned runs."He has such a good arm, and he's a power guy, that he comes right at you," Wakamatsu said. I thought he was up in the [strike] zone a little bit. But overall, I was real happy. I thought his fastball was explosive." Bedard used the inning as a test run for his first Cactus League outing, which comes Friday afternoon against the Dodgers at Peoria Stadium. Utility infielder Ronny Cedeno and right-hander Luis Munoz also impressed Wakamatsu. Cedeno, acquired in a trade with the Cubs, went 1-for-2, drove in a run and stole a base for the Mariners' "B" team, which won the game, 4-3. Each team used five pitchers. "I thought most of the pitchers were pretty good overall," Wakamatsu said. "But seeing that out of Morrow and Bedard made it a big day." The manager also was encouraged by the attendance and support of three of his most veteran players -- Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Sweeney and Adrian Beltre. "I think those guys sticking around and cheering the youngsters on was good," Wakamatsu said. "It sets an example."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.