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Just some scuttlebutt picked up by me or O's beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec (mostly Jeff) in the hallways of the Bellagio over the past hour or two:

Former O's pitcher Erik Bedard, who was re-examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum here over the weekend, has received the go-ahead to throw for the first time on Wednesday. Yocum is the orthopedic surgeon who did Bedard's shoulder cleanup.

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The Orioles apparently have gotten several inquiries about Daniel Cabrera ahead of their upcoming decision whether to tender him a contract for next year and expose themselves to salary arbitration.

O's outfielder Luke Scott is the latest member of the team to turn up at the Winter Meetings. He said he's just here to meet with his agent. Scott's agent also represents free agent left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who the Orioles are interested in. O's pitching coach Rick Kranitz has worked with Ohman before and team officials feel he would be a great addition to the bullpen.

San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers held court in the media room a few minutes ago, but would not comment on whether the Orioles were involved in the attempt to trade pitcher Jake Peavy to the Chicago Cubs. "I don't want to get into who the third or fourth team may be,'' he said.

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