Now Commenting On:

Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth play video for Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

ST. PETERSBURG -- By starting for the Rays on Friday night, Erik Bedard became the 21st starting pitcher used by the Rays since 2008, the fewest of any team in baseball. (The Giants are second with 24.)

The Orioles (45) and the Padres (44) have each used more than twice as many starters in that span.

Of the 21 starters, Bedard is only the third signed as a free agent to make a start, joining right-handers Roberto Hernandez and Jamey Wright (both in 2013).

Bedard is the seventh starter the Rays have used this season, equaling their total in 2009 and '10, and one shy of their total in '11 and '12. In 2013, the Rays used 10 starters -- their most in one season since '06.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español