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On eve of season debut, Penn has appendectomy

5/22/2006 - MLB Hayden Penn Baltimore Orioles + more

SEATTLE -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Hayden Penn underwent
surgery for appendicitis Monday night and was scratched from his
scheduled start Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.

Penn was feeling ill earlier in the day and was taken to a
hospital, manager Sam Perlozzo said. The right-hander was called up
from Triple-A Ottawa on Sunday and was slated to make his season
debut Tuesday night. Instead, he was placed on the 15-day disabled
list.

The Orioles did not immediately name a replacement starter for
Tuesday night. Penn was 2-2 with a 1.48 ERA at Ottawa this year and
3-2 with a 6.34 ERA in eight starts for the Orioles last season.

Baltimore recalled 22-year-old left-hander Adam Loewen from
Double-A Bowie. One of the club's top prospects, Loewen was 4-2
with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts for the Baysox.

Loewen also got the win for Canada in its 8-6 victory over the
United States in the World Baseball Classic. He held the U.S. team
scoreless for 3 2/3 innings.