MRI confirms O's lefty Bedard has strained right oblique muscle

Updated: September 5, 2007, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Erik Bedard underwent an MRI exam Tuesday that confirmed the Baltimore Orioles left-hander has a strained right oblique muscle.

Erik Bedard


Starting Pitcher
Baltimore Orioles


2007 Season Stats
28 13 5 57 221 3.16

Bedard, the AL strikeout leader, has been out since allowing six runs in six innings in a loss to the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 26. The defeat was his first since June 10 and ended a nine-game winning streak.

"He is to continue treatments," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay. "We wanted to rule out anything further by giving the MRI."

Bedard's status for possibly pitching again this season will be updated later this week.

"We'll see where he's at when we go back [home] Thursday," Trembley said. "I'll be interested to talk to him. When you're dealing with Bedard, you don't want to take any chances. You want to make sure that he's 100 percent."

Bedard is 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 182 innings.

The Orioles brought up four players from minors Tuesday.

Baltimore recalled catcher Gustavo Molina and infielder Luis Hernandez from Double-A Bowie, and infielder Brandon Fahey from Triple-A Norfolk.

Pitcher Fernando Cabrera had his contract purchased from Norfolk. To make room for Cabrera on the 40-man roster, closer Chris Ray was moved from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

Ray underwent right elbow ligament replacement surgery in August and could miss all of the 2008 season.

Right-hander Rob Bell, who was designated for assignment by the Orioles last Thursday, has cleared waivers and could rejoin the team Wednesday.

"I would think something would happen tomorrow," Trembley said.

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