Bedard isn't expected to miss a start

Hamstring survives side session

Dempsey, not Kelly, seeks interview

June 24, 2007|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,Sun Reporter

PHOENIX -- Assuming that Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard doesn't wake up today with pain or stiffness in his left hamstring, he's expected to make his next start on Wednesday.

Bedard got through his full bullpen session while the Orioles took batting practice before last night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He declined to comment through a team spokesman, but interim manager Dave Trembley said Bedard threw all of his pitches and felt good.

"We're going to see how he feels tomorrow. Then we'll make the decision on whether he'll pitch on his regular turn," Trembley said.

"There's no reason to believe right now that he won't take his regular turn unless he comes in tomorrow and doesn't feel good, feels stiff or sore or something."

Bedard left Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres after six innings because of tightness in the hamstring. He didn't want to risk pitching with the discomfort and causing a more serious injury. He struck out nine and didn't walk a batter in the Orioles' 6-3 victory.

The next challenge could involve more than his health. Bedard is lined up to face Roger Clemens in the second of three games against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

Waiting and hoping

Though former Orioles catcher and coach Rick Dempsey hasn't been contacted to interview for the manager's job, he remains hopeful that he'll hear from Andy MacPhail, president of baseball operations, later this week.

"I don't think anybody has been contacted yet," Dempsey said. "Andy MacPhail won't be back in Baltimore until Tuesday and he'll sit down and put together a list, if he hasn't started already.

"I'm hearing from some people around town that I'll get interviewed, but it's not written in stone. I've learned not to trust these things."

Dempsey has interviewed with the Orioles on three separate occasions -- before they hired Phil Regan in 1995, Mike Hargrove in 2000 and Lee Mazzilli in 2004. He received a call from former general manager Roland Hemond to return for a second interview in '95, but the team hired Regan before it happened.

Dempsey also has interviewed for openings in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

"I know the drill," he said.

Ex-Twin Kelly says no thanks

There's also been speculation that Tom Kelly's close relationship with MacPhail could prompt him to accept the job.

Apparently, that won't happen.

Kelly, the former Minnesota Twins manager, told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis yesterday that he has no interest in returning to the dugout.

"Same answer as the last seven years," he told the paper. "Save it and use it."

Knott to start today

Before the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, Jon Knott was batting .410 with three homers and seven RBIs in his past nine games with the Tides. He'll find out today whether the promotion, and two nights on the bench, cooled off his bat.

Trembley wrote out his lineup for the game yesterday morning, and he's got Knott starting in left field against Arizona left-hander Doug Davis.

"These guys are major league players," Trembley said. "Let's put them out there. Let them play."

Knott's nine-game hitting streak raised his average from .152 to .210. He broke out of a 2-for-39 slump.

"I went through a little funk when I came back after I hurt my back down there, but for the most part, I had consistent at-bats. I hit the ball all right," said Knott, who replaced Miguel Tejada on the active roster. "The numbers were kind of crazy, but at the same time, the last few weeks I felt a lot better at the plate."

Knott appeared in two games with the Orioles in April and went 3-for-4 with a pinch-hit three-run homer off Tampa Bay reliever Brian Stokes.

"They told me they didn't know how long it would be for," he said. "I was just happy I could help the team in that short amount of time. It was fun to do well. In the past, I haven't had much of a chance to contribute."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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