Erik Bedard designated for assignment
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays designated LHP Erik Bedard for assignment before Monday's game against Milwaukee. The club has 10 days to trade or release the veteran – a move made necessary to bring back RHP Joel Peralta (illness) from the disabled list.
Bedard was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) this season.. The 35-year-old was a starter for most of the season but moved to the bullpen when RHP Jeremy Hellickson returned from offseason elbow surgery.
Bedard made only one appearance after that, throwing one scoreless inning against the Blue Jays on July 12.
He’s the second veteran pitcher the Rays have designated for assignment in the last three days. The club parted ways with RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo on Saturday.
Manager Joe Maddon said then that Bedard had a challenging role as a long reliever and emergency starter, but he said Bedard had handled it “about as well as it can possibly be handled.”