Bedard scratched, Lincoln to step in
This won’t come as a surprise, but Erik Bedard has been scratched from his next scheduled start, Monday against the Marlins in Miami. Brad Lincoln will step into his spot. Bedard, ousted from his Wednesday start by back spasms, will instead open up the two-game series on Wednesday against the Nationals.
Manager Clint Hurdle made the decision after talking to both Bedard and the training staff. Bedard has been taking muscle relaxants and getting other treatment.
What this means in the short-term is that Lincoln will not be available out of the bullpen for the final two games of the ongoing series against the Astros. But the Bucs have Daniel McCutchen available for any long relief assignments.
McCutchen was added to the roster when Joel Hanrahan went on the Bereavement List on Friday, and hasn’t yet worked.
Hanrahan, whose grandmother had passed away, is due back in town Saturday night, and is expected to be activated for Sunday’s game.