While the Los Angeles Dodgers have added a slew of new pitchers this offseason, some of them, such as Erik Bedard, are destined for a role in the Minors.
Bedard, who has played 11 seasons in the MLB, was acquired by the Dodgers on Jan. 18 in one of president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s early moves. The left-handed starter brings to Los Angeles a 71-82 career record and 3.99 ERA. He’s bounced around the American League with his only National League stop coming in 2011-2012 with the Pittsburg Pirates.
As a non-roster invite for Spring Training, Bedard got the start in the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener on Wednesday. He threw two innings, allowed one earned run on one two hits and suffered the loss. Now that the Dodgers’ starting rotation is nearing full health, Bedard is inching closer to eventually being sent to the Minors.
While the goal of every player is to reach the Majors, Bedard is comfortable and understands his status with the team. “I’m just here to help if somebody gets hurt,” he said. “Fill in and do the best I can. I know where I stand, the game is still fun. I like playing baseball. That’s basically what it comes down to.”
Of course, Bedard potentially beginning the season in the Minors certainly doesn’t mean he won’t reach the Majors with the Dodgers. On top of the natural attrition that can impact a starting rotation, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are two pitchers who traditionally haven’t been able to remain healthy.
Should one of them falter or another starter, Bedard would be among the pitchers who is considered to fill the void.
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