Erik Bedard is 'probably not' going to pitch this season

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On the verge of joining the Mariners’ rotation before suffering a setback last week, Erik Bedard said last night that he’s “probably not” going to pitch this season.
Bedard underwent an MRI exam and the team hasn’t released any details of the results yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he’s met with surgeon Dr. James Andrews and “the news can’t have been great.”
He hasn’t faced big-league hitters since July 25, 2009 and had shoulder surgery in mid-August, re-signing with the Mariners for a one-year, $1.5 million contract with an $8 million mutual option for 2011. He was initially hoping to return as soon as May, but the oft-injured southpaw had various setbacks along the way and may now be headed for more surgery.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.