UPDATE (March 21, 12:25 p.m. PT: According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Erik Bedard was removed from Friday’s game due to tightness in his triceps:
Left-hander Erik Bedard, a Dodgers non-roster invitee auditioning for a spot in the rotation, exited his start against the Rangers on Friday after one inning with tightness in his triceps.
Bedard said he pitched with the tightness before deciding it was best for him to come out of the game:
I felt a little tweak,” he said. “I pitched to the next two batters and I was like, ‘No, I don’t think this is a good idea to go back out.”
Bedard faced eight batters, threw 38 pitches and allowed two runs on three hits in his only inning of work.
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers opened camp in February, multiple pitchers have been limited by or sidelined due to injury. It began with Kenley Jansen undergoing surgery on his left foot days before pitchers and catchers reported, which is expected to keep him out at least until the end of April.
Then days into camp, Zack Greinke was temporarily shut down as a result of receiving a lubricating injection in his right elbow, and Joel Peralta (shoulder tightness) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (mid-back tightness) fell behind schedule. The injury list grew Friday with Erik Bedard the latest to fall victim, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Bedard left game in San Antonio after one inning because of injury, Mattingly said. Wasn't sure the injury, maybe bicep or lat.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 21, 2015
Bedard started the Dodgers’ split-squad game in San Antonio against the Texas Rangers as part of Big League Weekend; he faced eight batters and allowed two runs on three hits in his lone inning of work. Due to the limited coverage, there wasn’t any indication given at the time he was removed due to injury.
Should Bedard miss any prolong period of time, it would be a blow to the Dodgers’ pitching depth that isn’t necessarily anything to write home about to begin with. The depth could be tested with Ryu’s latest injury (shoulder inflammation) that may force the left-hander to begin the regular season on the disabled list.
The Dodgers schedule doesn’t call for them needing a fifth starter until April 14 when they host the Seattle Mariners and not again until April 25. Bedard figures to be one of the candidates for potential spot-start duty should be avoid serious injury.
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