Cancel the return party: Erik Bedard suffered another setback

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Just when it looked like Erik Bedard was ready to rejoin the Mariners’ rotation the oft-injured left-hander has suffered yet another setback.
Initially expected to come off the disabled list last week, those plans were canceled and Bedard was then scheduled for a bullpen session over the weekend. Once those were ruled out too he was then slated to simply play catch yesterday, but even that proved too much for Bedard’s surgically repaired shoulder.
He felt discomfort while throwing off flat ground and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Bedard will be examined next week by the Mariners’ team doctor, with an MRI exam and/or CATscan likely on the docket. In other words, Bedard might be back to square one. He hasn’t faced big-league hitters since July 25, 2009.

White Sox place Avisail Garcia on disabled list with strained hamstring

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MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The club called up outfielder Daniel Palka from Triple-A Charlotte.

Garcia, 26, suffered the injury during Monday’s game against the Mariners. He is off to a slow start this season, batting .233/.250/.315 with a home run and four RBI in 76 plate appearances.

Palka, 26, has been playing well for Charlotte, batting .286/.384/.476 with three home runs and seven RBI in 73 PA.