ANAHEIM -- On the injury front, the Mariners received two pieces of bad news on Thursday.
Russell Branyan banged his left toe on a table around 5 a.m. PT on Thursday morning at the Mariners' hotel when he went to close the curtains. He'll be out two days minimum and will be day-to-day after that, manager Don Wakamatsu said."We've all done that, not to that extent," Wakamatsu said. The more troubling news was related to Erik Bedard, who suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery on his throwing shoulder when he felt discomfort while playing catch on Thursday. Bedard was able to conveniently visit his surgeon, Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum, but Wakamatsu did not know the results of that visit prior to Thursday's Angels-Mariners game at Angel Stadium. Wakamatsu said Bedard is going to go back with team on Sunday and will receive an MRI exam or possibly a CAT scan.
Mariners shake up bullpen, add Wright
ANAHEIM -- With the eighth Major League team of his career and his third franchise this season, right-hander Jamey Wright could be the workhorse the Mariners need to spell Brandon League.Wright opted out of his contract with the A's Triple-A affiliate after signing there following his release from the Indians earlier this season. The Mariners signed Wright, 35, and selected the contract of another reliever, left-hander Chris Seddon, 26, from Triple-A Tacoma before the start of Thursday's game against the Angels. Seattle cleared room by optioning right-handers Chad Cordero and Sean White to Tacoma, but Cordero elected to become a free agent. "I think we've invested some time in him. I like him," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of Cordero, who was 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in nine appearances. "I think we were at a point where we still thought he needed to pitch a little bit, but that's his decision. We wish him well." Wright could be used in a variety of roles, as could Seddon, who might be used most in long relief, Wakamatsu said. "I was around him in Texas for a couple years and know his makeup and character," Wakamatsu said. "Also what he's done the last couple years. Even in Kansas City, he's been kind of a workhorse for those guys. One thing we're looking to do right now is trying to protect Brandon League. We talk about the innings and he's had to take on the blunt of the bullpen work. And to have a veteran guy that can maybe fill different roles down there [is important]." Seddon was told before the Triple-A All-Star Game in Allentown, Pa., that he was being called up for his first stint in the Majors since 2007, when he let up 17 runs in 17 1/3 innings for the Marlins. "I got called on at dinner, the night before and they just told me, 'Hey, you're not going to throw tomorrow,'" Seddon said. "It's like, 'Why?' -- 'Because you're going to Anaheim.' I said, 'All right, sweet, good deal.'" For Wright, this year has been tough because he's barely seen his family, and his oldest child and only daughter, 6-year-old Presley, just started kindergarten. "I've seen them probably 30 days since Spring Training started so it's been a very difficult season," said Wright, whose family stayed at home in Dallas this season as opposed to moving with him as in past years. "And my boys are 3 and 2, so I packed them up and I brought them out here with me. ... The guys that live in one place and play in one place, it's the best gig in the world. For those of us that don't get to do that, it's not as glamorous as you'd think. It's tough on the family, and it's tough on Daddy." Not that Wright isn't beyond thankful for the opportunity the Mariners have given him. "I've pitched in every situation, so whatever they need," he said. "I'd love to compete, I'd love to go out there and pitch."
Mariners undecided on Monday's starter
ANAHEIM -- Manager Don Wakamatsu said the team had yet to decide who would start on the mound Monday, when the Mariners return home to take on the White Sox."We have two days really to decide that," Wakamatsu said Thursday. "With [David] Pauley being an option, though we still have a six-man bullpen. We'll have to figure out if we have to use those guys or not. We'll consider everything right now."
Sweeney getting closer to return
ANAHEIM -- Mariners designated hitter Mike Sweeney, out since late June with back spasms, took batting practice on Thursday and is expected to do so again on Friday before potentially starting a rehab assignment.
Smoak still getting adjusted
ANAHEIM -- Justin Smoak spent the All-Star break at home, about 20 minutes outside of Charleston, S.C., loading up his and his girlfriend's cars with his belongings."I didn't really get a chance to hang out in Seattle," said Smoak, who entered Thursday 1-for-8 in his first two games with Mariners since being traded from the Rangers for Cliff Lee. "Hopefully when I get back, I'll find a place somewhere. ... I packed as much stuff up and I'll try to ship it. It's been a whirlwind this past week." At just 23, Smoak hasn't felt the trade fully settle in yet, but he's ready to move forward with his new club. "I don't know if it's really hit me yet," he said. "You still watch the Rangers, see them on TV, the highlights or something. You feel like you're still there, but you're not. It's weird. I'll make an adjustment, I'm excited to be here. I'm ready to look forward to the future."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.