MRI confirms O's lefty Bedard has 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.
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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