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Mariners say Bedard ready for spring

SEATTLE -- Mariners' left-hander Erik Bedard is fully
recovered from shoulder surgery and is ready for the start of
spring training of Feb. 13.

During the Mariners pre-spring training gathering on Thursday,
athletic trainer Rick Griffin said he visited Bedard in Ottawa last
week and that Bedard started throwing on Dec. 10.

Bedard had surgery in late September to remove a cyst from his
shoulder and have tissue cut from his labrum. His disappointing
first season in Seattle ended July 10.

Eligible for free agency after the 2009 season, Bedard went 6-4
with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts last year. He agreed this week to a
$7.75 million, one-year contract, a $750,000 raise.