SEATTLE - When Erik Bedard walked up to the top step of the Seattle Mariners' dugout during the ninth inning of the Orioles' 10-5 victory Friday, several of his former teammates yelled at him from across the field.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera asked Bedard what was wrong, and the Mariners pitcher immediately pointed to his left shoulder. Injuries have limited Bedard, whom the Orioles traded to the Mariners in February for reliever George Sherrill, outfielder Adam Jones and three prospects, to 15 starts.
"Pretty much the one thing that I didn't want to happen happened," said Bedard, who is 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA. "I came here after a trade and got hurt. It's really disappointing that I can't help the team."
Bedard, who hasn't pitched since July 4, will throw today to test his ailing left shoulder. He said he is optimistic he'll pitch in "a couple of games at the end of the year" and at least try to salvage something out of a season that went terribly wrong.
In a mostly empty Seattle clubhouse before last night's game, Bedard measured his words carefully when speaking about his current and former teams. He acknowledged he has struggled to deal with the expectations placed on him in Seattle after the trade was made. "When I get traded for five guys, there's a lot of expectations."
Bedard maintained that he wasn't miserable in Baltimore and that he missed his old teammates, whom he wished he had an opportunity to face this season.
Asked about his time in Baltimore, Bedard said: "That's in the past. I still keep in contact with some guys, but other than that, I'm not thinking about all that. I watch the highlights, but I can't tell you the numbers and stuff."
Bedard also expressed disappointment for former teammate Adam Loewen, whose fractured left elbow has forced him to abandon pitching and try to reinvent himself as a hitter.
"It's frustrating for something to happen like that and for him to go through that," Bedard said. "You try to do that your whole life, being a baseball player and being a pitcher. And now he just can't do it anymore, and he's young. It's frustrating for him, and it's frustrating for the people that know him. I wish him all the best."
Getting their attention
Double-A Bowie outfielder Lou Montanez was on Orioles manager Dave Trembley's radar long before the 26-year-old's recent hot streak that included hitting for the cycle Friday night and driving in a career-high eight runs. While with the Chicago Cubs' organization, Trembley managed Montanez, the third overall selection in the 2000 draft, at Single-A Daytona in 2002.
Montanez leads the Eastern League in batting average (.332), home runs (25), RBIs (94), hits (146) and slugging percentage (.595).
"He's a guy that's drawing some attention to himself with the type of season that he's having," Trembley said.
Is the Penn mightier?
Triple-A Norfolk pitcher Hayden Penn was pulled from his start last night in the first inning, several batters after his leg was cut by a piece of a broken bat. It's unknown at this point how it will affect his candidacy to make Tuesday's start against the Los Angeles Angels.
Penn tried to stay in the game but was eventually pulled after getting just two outs. He threw 31 pitches, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. Double-A Bowie right-hander Bradley Bergesen, who was also being considered, pitched six innings last night, allowing two earned runs.
"They both will be pulled early because we haven't decided which one of those guys - if any - are going to be here," Trembley said. "So we have to do our homework before that. I can't let them both throw 100 pitches and then expect to call them up Tuesday to pitch."