Pirates P Erik Bedard pulled due to back spasms

Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard left

Wednesday night’s game against Washington in the second inning due

to back spasms.

Bedard grimaced after his third pitch to Washington’s Adam

LaRoche in the top of the second. He spent several moments

stretching for manager Clint Hurdle before being replaced by Brad

Lincoln. Bedard threw just eight pitches in all.

The 32-year-old Bedard is 2-4 with a 2.57 ERA with the Pirates

this season, though he has struggled with injuries throughout his

career. He missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury and

had issues last season with a sprained left knee.