Erik Bedard scratched from Tuesday start

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According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, left-hander Erik Bedard has been scratched from Tuesday’s start against Zack Greinke and the Royals due to a stiff shoulder. It was supposed to be his season debut. He is currently being evaluated by team doctors.

Bedard, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last August, posted a 1.64 ERA over three recent minor league rehab appearances. He passed a final test by tossing 4 1/3 shutout innings for Triple-A Tacoma last Thursday. It wasn’t until a recent bullpen session did his shoulder start barking.

“He says he’s still feeling a little bit of discomfort in his
shoulder,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said moments ago. “It kind of
creeped up on him in his last bullpen. We’re going to have him
re-evaluated by the doctor today and we should know a little more later
on this afternoon.”

It’s disappointing, but nobody should be surprised to hear about the setback, given Bedard’s history. The Mariners surely hoped to showcase the left-hander in anticipation of a possible trade before July 31, but the chance that actually happens is pretty much slim to none now.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.