The Pirates threw Erik Bedard today in minor league camp, giving the team a chance to take a look at Jo-Jo Reyes in the major league game. There were some questions as to why the Pirates had Bedard throwing against Toronto's A-ball team. To answer that question, let's ask another question: why does Bedard need to start in major league camp?
There's obvious reasons for Bedard to get playing time in major league camp. But one start in minor league camp doesn't hurt him.
The Pirates know what they're getting with Bedard. He doesn't need to prove himself to make the team.
At this point, the main focus for Bedard should be getting him stretched out for the season. Whether that happens against major league players or minor league players is irrelevant.
Again pointing to Bedard's track record...
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