O's lefty Bedard to have strained muscle examined Tuesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard is scheduled to have a strained muscle in right side
examined Tuesday by team orthopedist Dr. Andrew Cosgarea.

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

"He's back in Baltimore, and we'll have an update after his
appointment," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before Monday
night's game at Tampa Bay.

Trembley hasn't ruled out Bedard returning this season.

"I'm going with what Bedard told me, he wants to pitch again
before the season is over,"Trembley said. "I wouldn't expect
anything different from Bedard. A class act."

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