Bedard one step closer to helping us 

June, 17, 2010
As colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft so aptly detailed in the hitter (Hit Parade) and pitcher (Sixty Feet, Six Inches, Relief Efforts) columns this week, mid-June is the time to start targeting pitchers for the second half of the season. CC Sabathia, Scott Baker and Gavin Floyd are just a few names with significant splits the past two seasons that fantasy owners should look to acquire. Of course, it's not all about pitchers an owner must trade to get. Sometimes it's about the injured folks working their way back who are sitting there on free agency.

Back in February, I blogged about 10 players who fantasy owners were tired of, and oft-injured Seattle Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard led the list. At the time, I noted that Bedard, recovering from labrum surgery the previous August, kept disappointing those fantasy owners who expected another 200-strikeout season and lots of wins. It wasn't that Bedard pitched poorly; he just wouldn't pitch enough. That will again hold true this season.

I'm not going to do an about-face here. But it is at least noteworthy that Bedard is throwing again, and according to manager Don Wakamatsu, he looks great. Rather than be skeptical, let's trust the manager, who has dealt with plenty of frustration from the back end of his rotation, and seems excited this potential ace will return soon.