Mariners' Bedard to DL with sprained knee

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners' stellar starting rotation took a hit on Wednesday as lefty Erik Bedard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.

The Mariners selected catcher Jose Yepez from Triple-A Tacoma to take Bedard's spot. The move is retroactive to June 28 and Bedard may just miss one start before he is eligible to come off the DL.

Bedard threw on Monday night against Atlanta, giving up three runs and four hits in seven innings of a 3-1 loss. Bedard entered that start with the best ERA in baseball over the previous two months and is 4-6 with a 3.00 ERA this season after missing all last year following shoulder surgery.

Yepez was hitting .296 in 28 games with the Rainiers.