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April 13, 2008 11:56 AM

Bedard scratched, Beltre also hurting

Posted by Larry Stone

I started to hear rumblings when I got to the ballpark today that Bedard's hip was hurting again. Sure enough, he was scratched from his start for the second Sunday in a row, this time replaced by Cha Seung Baek. The official diagnosis is "inflammation in his left hip,'' and while the Mariners are saying they believe it's not major, it's got to be very, very worrisome to all concerned.

Here's what McLaren told us: "We don't think it's a serious thing, but we don't want it to become something serious.''

It turns out that Bedard, who threw 107 pitches in a win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, began to be bothered by his hip again on Friday. He had been scratched from last Sunday's start against Baltimore with the same problem. The Mariners began treating the inflammation on Friday and it got better, but he was still feeling discomfort today so they decided to go the safe route and scratch him. Bedard will throw a bullpen session tomorrow and they'll re-evaluate.

As if that's not enough bad enough, Adrian Beltre is out of the lineup today with tightness in right hamstring. Miguel Cairo is getting the start.at third. That's another injury they don't believe is serious, but hamstrings can be touchy, as we all know. He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow also.

The one good injury news was that J.J. Putz threw off a mound for six minutes and felt great. But the high from winning the first two games against the Angels has been tempered considerably by the news that Bedard is hurting again.

Today's lineup (check out that Morse-Cairo-Burke trifecta)

ANGELS

Figgins 5

Matthews 8

Guerrero 9

Anderson 7

Kendrick 4

Kotchman 3

Rivera DH

Mathis 2

Aybar 6

Saunders 1

MARINERS

Ichiro 8

Lopez 4

Ibanez 7

Sexson 3

Vidro DH

Morse 9

Cairo 5

Burke 2

Betancourt 6

Baek 1

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