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Bedard throws off mound, bullpen session on tap

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros left-hander Erik Bedard, who's been limited to two innings this spring because of a right glute sprain, threw about 10 or 12 pitches off the mound Friday morning under the supervision of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones.

"That was just to see if it feels good, and it feels good, so [Saturday] I'll throw a regular bullpen," Bedard said. "If that goes well, the next step is probably a game."

Bedard admitted he's getting antsy to get on the mound, especially considering he's trying to make a new team and impress a new set of eyes.

"When you come to a new team, you always want to make a good impression and be out there with the guys and throw when your turn is up," he said. "I missed my turn one time, so I'll try to get on the mound as quick as I can."

Bedard, 34, is in camp as a non-roster invitee. He went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts last year for the Pirates and was their Opening Day starter. He has a 63-64 career record with a 3.85 ERA in 192 games (189 starts) in stints with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Pittsburgh.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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