SEATTLE -- Mariners trainer Rick Griffin confirmed Thursday that closer David Aardsma, who underwent hip labrum surgery three weeks ago, is not expected to be ready to pitch in games until at least the second week of the regular season.
Meanwhile, reliever Shawn Kelley, who underwent modified Tommy John surgery last year, will start throwing next week and has a goal of returning by June 1, two months into the season.
Griffin, providing a full health update on the club at Thursday's pre-Spring Training media day, indicated all other Mariners have relatively clean slates heading into camp.
Starting pitcher Erik Bedard has been "feeling great" in his throwing program and will have worked up to 40-pitch bullpen sessions by the time pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13, Griffin said.
Left fielder Michael Saunders had his appendix removed three weeks ago but will start normal exercise next week. Despite suffering a mild elbow ligament strain that cut short his winter season in Venezuela, Saunders is on track to start Spring Training at full speed.
Griffin denied reports that center fielder Franklin Gutierrez had been hospitalized in Venezuela with a stomach problem. Griffin said Gutierrez did go to a doctor in his home country, but no problem was detected.
Mariners-Marlins set in June moved to Safeco
SEATTLE -- Thanks to a U2 concert in Miami in late June, the Mariners picked up three additional games at Safeco Field this coming season when Major League Baseball announced its final schedule Thursday.
The Florida Marlins had planned to host the Mariners from June 24-26 at Sun Life Stadium but were forced to shift that series due to the scheduling conflict.
Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack said MLB executives felt the best move would be putting the games in Seattle while allowing the Marlins to remain the "home team," meaning Florida will bat last and the game will be played under National League rules with no designated hitter.
The Mariners will thus have 84 regular-season games at Safeco Field, though the Florida series will not be part of the season-ticket package. Instead, single-game tickets will be sold for the extra series, with priority given to season-ticket holders who want to maintain their normal seats.
The Marlins are playing their final season at Sun Life before moving to their own retractable-roof facility in 2012.
The Mariners originally were scheduled to travel from Washington, D.C., to Florida on a six-game road swing, but now instead will return to Seattle and have the Marlins' series kick off a nine-game Safeco homestand from June 24-July 3 that will also include Interleague Series against the Braves and Padres.
Bradley will get chance with Mariners, Wedge
SEATTLE -- Manager Eric Wedge said Thursday he knows Milton Bradley as well as anybody in the game and that it's his job to get the most out of the embattled outfielder if he's part of the team this season.
General manager Jack Zduriencik reiterated at a pre-Spring Training media gathering that Bradley's legal issues surrounding a recent felony arrest for an alleged threat against a woman at his home will not prevent him from getting a shot at making the club this Spring Training.
"Legal issues are legal issues. That's something that takes care of itself," Zduriencik said. "He's part of this organization. He'll come in and compete for a job and let the pieces fall where they may."
Wedge had a run-in with Bradley in Cleveland that led to his being traded by the Indians just prior to the 2004 season but said again he's fine with the situation in Seattle.
"I've got the luxury of knowing Milton from before," Wedge said. "His issues are well documented, but he's part of this ballclub. And we're paying him a lot of money to be part of this ballclub.
"When he's healthy and his head is on straight, he's a pretty good player. He's made some mistakes, but one of my jobs is to manage people. There's not an asterisk beside it that says just manage everybody that does everything right and the perfect situations. Anybody can manage that. It's my job to get the most out of Milton Bradley."
Mariners to broadcast 20 spring games
SEATTLE -- The Mariners announced Thursday that 20 games will be broadcast from Spring Training, including six that will be carried on both radio and television.
There will be 14 radio-only games live on 710 ESPN Seattle and six more that also will be telecast on FSN Northwest.
The first two games of the spring will be broadcast on radio on Feb. 27 and 28 against the Padres from the Peoria Sports Complex. All Friday, Saturday and Sunday games will be carried by 710 ESPN Seattle, as well as select weekday games later in the spring.
FSN Northwest will televise games on March 16 vs. Milwaukee, March 18 vs. Arizona, March 23 vs. Colorado, March 25 vs. the Dodgers, March 29 vs. Colorado and March 30 vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles.