Mariners have target date for Bedard

SEATTLE -- Left-hander Erik Bedard could make his season debut as early as July 6 if he is able to get through the next week without any injury setbacks.

Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said Thursday that Bedard will throw for the Mariners' team in the Arizona League on Saturday. If that start goes well, Bedard will make a start next Thursday at Triple-A Tacoma and could make his first appearance of 2010 for the Mariners on July 6 against Kansas City.

Bedard has not pitched since having shoulder surgery in August. He threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on Tuesday in his first start for the Mariners rookie league team in Arizona.

Bedard is 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 30 starts over two seasons since being acquired by the Mariners before the 2008 season.