On eve of season debut, Penn has appendectomy

Updated: May 22, 2006, 11:45 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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