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Astros GM Luhnow says veteran Erik Bedard going through 'finishing touches of spring training' #MLB
The Astros are 18 games into the regular season. But for veteran lefthander Erik Bedard, the club is acting like the 34-year-old is still engaged in spring training.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday the team limited to Bedard to just 75 pitches in four innings because of the lefty’s injury history.
Monday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed Porter’s statement. Bedard suffered a “setback” in Florida dealing with a gluteal strain, which prevented the veteran from working his arm into full game shape. As a result, the Astros have placed a safety net around Bedard while the team’s other four starters have pitched freely.
Bedard has only recorded 11 2/3 innings this season in four games (three starts). He threw 3 1/3 innings March 31, earning a save in the Astros’ season-opener. Since then, Bedard’s only made three appearances and has yet to throw more than four innings.
“To a certain extent, we’re still going through the finishing touches of spring training with him,” Luhnow said. “We want him ultimately to be able to go deeper in games and be able to get to 100-plus pitches. … But the last thing we need right now is for one of our starters to go down.”