Well, we are exactly halfway through the 2011 season and the inevitable has happened.
Not once this season has a pitcher not named Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Doug Fister, Jason Vargas, or Erik Bedard (that's five if you're counting) made a start for the Mariners. But after Erik Bedard was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive June 28 with a left knee sprain, the streak has ended.
The "invincible five" was bound to falter at some point, and it figures that the oldest member of the rotation would be the first. Bedard's trade value clearly takes a hit, but the most immediate concern is that he will need a temporary replacement for probably two starts, or three if he can't recover after the All-Star break.
Now, we're looking at options to replace Bedard as soon as Sunday, but as we go on, keep in mind that the larger importance is examining the starter depth in the organization that can come in and be that sixth starter when needed.