Orioles pitcher Bedard placed on 60-day DL with muscle injury

Updated: September 9, 2007, 2:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles placed AL strikeout leader Erik Bedard on the 60-day disabled list Sunday, opting to end his season rather than wait for the injured left-hander to rebound from a strained muscle near his right rib cage.

Erik Bedard


Starting Pitcher
Baltimore Orioles


2007 Season Stats
28 13 5 57 221 3.16

Bedard finishes 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and a club-record 221 strikeouts. He has not pitched since Aug. 26, when his career-record nine-game winning streak was snapped in a loss to the Minnesota Twins.

"The earliest he was going to be able to pitch would've been like the 27th of this month," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "It would've been probably a three-inning start at best. And that would've been if everything fell according to plan. He hasn't picked up a ball since the 26th of August."

The Orioles replaced Bedard on the 40-man roster with right-hander Victor Zambrano, whose minor league contract was purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

Bedard was on course to become the first Oriole to win the AL strikeout crown since Bob Turley in 1954, and had an outside shot at winning the Cy Young Award. Now it appears he's out of the running for both.

"It would've been great for him. It would've been great for our team, for him to get something like that," Trembley said. "But there will be another time for him, I'm sure. I think he's still going to get better."

Zambrano, 45-43 with a 4.55 ERA in 182 major league games, spent 3 years with Tampa Bay and 2 seasons with the New York Mets before signing a minor league contract this season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I think he may pitch out of the bullpen one time and then start," Trembley said. "I want to see where he's at as far as how many innings he's pitched and the last time he pitched."

Zambrano made Toronto's Opening Day roster and went 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA in 10 games, including two starts, before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 10 with a strained right forearm. He pitched in 10 games on a minor league rehab assignment before being released on July 9.

He signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Aug. 10 and was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he went 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts.

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