By Kirby Arnold
It’s a busy time for various members of the Mariners’ pitching staff.
Reliever Shawn Kelley will have his right elbow examined later today after soreness never subsided following his one inning of rehab work Monday for the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers.
Left-hander Erik Bedard got well-wishes from teammates this afternoon before he undergoes a third round of surgery Friday on his troubling left shoulder.
And left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith was packing his travel back for a trip tomorrow to Iowa, where he’ll make a rehab start Saturday for the Rainiers. He has been on the disabled list since July 28 because of a lower back strain.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said he’s concerned about Kelley because the elbow pain flared up after only one inning in his first rehab outing since going on the DL June 16. In the back of everyone’s mind is the fact that Kelley had Tommy John surgery on that elbow in 2003 when he pitched for Austin Peay University.
“We’ve got to be real cautious,” Wakamatsu said.
Kelley was supposed to pitch the first two innings tonight for the Everett AquaSox but was scratched from that after the pain never went away following his outing in Tacoma.
“It was a little more than I thought it was,” he said. “It was not getting better.”
And on the catching front, Josh Bard continues to battle a stiff neck and is available tonight only in an emergency.