Erik Bedard threw his last rehab start in Triple A Thursday. From the reports, it sounds like it was a very successful outing. Bedard threw 81 pitches over 4 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run.
"The main thing is, he felt good after the start," Tacoma manager Daren Brown told the Seattle Times. "He was around the strike zone. I thought he got a little tired in the fourth and fifth innings. But early I thought he commanded the baseball well.
Bedard is owned in just 13.5 percent of ESPN leagues. As far as I'm concerned, you need a really good reason to not pick up Bedard now in all formats.
Typically you don't want to start a player in his first game back, but Bedard is starting Tuesday at home against the Royals which is a tantalizing matchup. Go ahead and put him in your lineup.
The Seattle Times said Bedard expects to throw roughly 90 pitches on Tuesday.