Erik Bedard is a 36-year-old veteran of 11 seasons and 1,300 innings in the big leagues who hasn’t pitched in the minors regularly since 2003, so how does he feel knowing that odds are the Dodgers will send him to Triple-A at the end of spring training?
Here’s what he told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles:
I know where I stand. It feels fine. The game’s still fun and I like playing baseball is, basically, what it comes down to.
Bedard signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in mid-January to provide rotation depth, but since then they’ve added even more veteran pitchers trying to resurrect their careers and/or return from injuries.
Bedard hasn’t posted a sub-4.50 ERA since 2011 and is coming back from shoulder surgery, telling Saxon: “I used to throw hard. Now, not so hard.”
Next month we’ll probably find out how his age-36 raw stuff fares against Pacific Coast League hitters.