Southpaw Erik Bedard tossed a simulated game and looked great, according to Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.

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ST. LOUIS — The Mariners got some good news before Wednesday’s series finale at Busch Stadium as southpaw Erik Bedard tossed a simulated game in the afternoon and looked great, according to manager Don Wakamatsu.

Bedard, who had the labrum in his left shoulder repaired in August, was supposed to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. But that was canceled after a thunderstorm blew through.

“If everything looks good, he’ll throw a light side on Friday and then go to Arizona and pitch in a game down there for three innings,” Wakamatsu said.

Bedard is trying to rebound from two injury-plagued seasons in Seattle. He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in his first season with the Mariners in 2008 and then went 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 2009.

He was eligible for reinstatement from the 60-day disabled list on June 3, but the Mariners have taken a cautious approach to his return from surgery.

Notes

• Wakamatsu said Doug Fister is getting close to returning. Fister threw in the bullpen Wednesday with no problems and could start a game in Milwaukee (June 25-27).

• Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth admitted it was weird to pitch against the Mariners, the team he grew up rooting for, on Tuesday night. The 27-year-old right-hander pitched for Eastlake High School in Sammamish and at Bellevue Community College. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2001 draft.

“I was a Mariners fan growing up,” Hawksworth said. “I got a lot of texts last night from my buddies back home about how weird it was for them to see me on the local Fox Sports there. … I wish (Ken) Griffey was here. That would have been the icing on the cake.”