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O's rookie pitcher to start offseason early

By wire services
Published September 13, 2004

BALTIMORE - The Orioles have shut down rookie left-hander Erik Bedard for the season after he pitched more than 133 innings in his first full season since elbow ligament replacement surgery.

A surprise addition to Baltimore's starting rotation out of spring training, Bedard started 26 games. He's 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA and has a 5.68 ERA since the All-Star break.

"You've got a young kid coming off Tommy John surgery, and he didn't have a lot of innings last year," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said Sunday. "Shutting him down is the right thing to do. He's okay with it; we spoke about it already."

Bedard had surgery on his left elbow in September 2002 and pitched in six minor-league games in 2003. He was expected to work his way back while in the minors but made the big-league club after going 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA during spring training.

BLUE JAYS: Right-hander Roy Halladay threw 25 pitches during his second simulated game in four days. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, on the DL since July 20 with a strained muscle in his pitching shoulder, is scheduled to throw again Thursday.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Kevin Millwood, out since Aug. 5 with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, was activated from the disabled list.

REDS: Adam Dunn is on pace to break Bobby Bonds' record of 189 strikeouts in a season, but manager Dave Miley won't bench him to avoid the mark. Asked about it, Dunn said, "You could have quoted me without asking me because you know my answer. ... I want no part of sitting out games to avoid that."

TIGERS: Outfielder Curtis Granderson, possibly the team's top prospect, was one of three players called up from Double-A Erie. Granderson, 23, a third-round pick in 2002, had a breakout season at Erie, batting .303 with a .515 slugging percentage and a .407 on-base percentage in 462 at-bats. Right-handed reliever Roberto Novoa and infielder Ryan Raburn also were recalled.

OBITUARY: Rosie Gacioch, whose baseball experiences during the World War II era helped inspire the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, died Thursday in Clinton Township, Mich. She was 89. Ms. Gacioch joined the All-American Girls Baseball League in 1944 and played for the Rockford Peaches from 1945-54. She led the league in triples in 1946 as an outfielder and became a pitcher in 1948, winning 20 games in 1951.

[Last modified September 12, 2004, 23:41:12]


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