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

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

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.