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Bedard scratched with hip problem
04/13/2008 4:52 PM ET
SEATTLE -- Erik Bedard has created concern for the Mariners with a hip injury that has forced him to miss a second start in just the season's second week.

Bedard was scratch Sunday morning when hip inflammation would not allow him to start against the Angels. He also missed his scheduled start last Sunday in Baltimore. Cha Seung Baek was pulled out of the bullpen for an emergency start Sunday.

"We were hoping that the medication would kick in like it did [before his previous start]," manager John McLaren said. "It has kicked in, but he still feels it a little bit. We're going to play it on the safe side."

Of greater concern is not a second occurrence in a week, but a second occurrence in his career.

"From what I understand, he had this thing eight years ago," McLaren said. "It came and went. It happened the other day. He recovered nicely, pitched a good game. Then it flared up again. We don't think it's a serious thing, but we don't want it to lead to something."

Bedard, acquired in a offseason trade with Baltimore for four prized Minor League prospects, missed the final six weeks of the 2007 season with an injured oblique muscle.

Bedard opened the season March 31 with a decent outing. He went five innings, allowing three hits, one run, walking four and striking out five while throwing 106 pitches.

He missed last Sunday's start against the Orioles but came back two days later against Tampa Bay. He went six innings, giving up five hits, five runs, walking four and striking out five. He threw 107 pitches.

He was hurting Saturday night, and Baek was told he may be called on. Bedard struggled with his hip on Sunday morning, and the team quickly shifted gears.

"I don't think this is something that's serious," McLaren said. "But when it comes to pitchers, the legs are important. We've got to be careful with it.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow, and if he's OK to throw a 'pen [session], we'll slot him in next week sometime. We try to be patient with our guys this early in the season."

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