PEORIA, Ariz. - Seattle right-hander Josh Fields, the Mariners' first-round draft pick in 2008, was one of five players the team reassigned to its minor league camp Thursday.

Fields has not pitched in a Cactus League game since arriving in camp and has been relegated to side work, though manager Don Wakamatsu hasn't ruled out bringing him back up at some point.

"I was extremely proud of the way he handled himself and impressed," Wakamatsu said.

The move to send Fields down was expected and the 22-year-old didn't seem concerned about not pitching in a game while with the big league club.

The Mariners also sent right-hander Tracy Thorpe, catcher Israel Nunez and infielders Callix Crabbe and Oswaldo Navarro to the minor league camp. The moves leave Seattle with 58 players on its spring training roster.

BEDARD SCRATCHED FROM BP: Left-hander Erik Bedard was scheduled to throw a bullpen session but was held out due to lingering pain from a strained muscle in his buttocks.

Bedard, who was also scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday for the same reason, will try to throw again on Friday.

The Mariners don't seem too concerned.

"He said he wanted another day," Wakamatsu said following Seattle's 9-1 loss to Texas Thursday afternoon. "I expect him to throw tomorrow."

Bedard was on the disabled list from April 15-26 because of soreness and inflammation in his left hip. He didn't start after July 4 and had shoulder surgery Sept. 26. The Mariners insist the latest problem is not in the hip joint, but more in the muscle, and team officials thought it best to give the muscle a rest.

Bedard is 1-0 this spring training and hasn't allowed a run in 4 2-3 innings.


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