Bedard scratched with sore neck; Cabrera fills in

SEATTLE — SEATTLE -- Erik Bedard will have to wait two more days to see whether he can extend his streak of 16 scoreless innings. The Orioles left-hander was scratched from his start last night in the series finale against the Seattle Mariners because of a stiff neck.

Daniel Cabrera started in his place on three days' rest, pushing Bedard back to tomorrow night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum.


"I don't believe he's 100 percent to make his start, so we're not going to do that," said interim manager Dave Trembley, who told Cabrera and Bedard of his decision after Tuesday's game. "I don't think it was a matter of whether [Bedard] wanted to or didn't want to. It was a matter of the information that I got ... allowed me to make a decision that I didn't think it was in anybody's best interest if he starts."

Bedard, the major league leader in strikeouts who is 8-4 with a 3.22 ERA and has won four straight decisions, awoke Tuesday with a stiff neck and wasn't able to throw a side session later that day. He said he feels much better and didn't foresee a problem being ready to start tomorrow night .


"I feel fine. It's one of those things where you wake up and your neck's sore," Bedard said. "[Trembley] said it's his decision. I respect that."

Trembley said today's off day made the decision easy.

"I think he's a lot better today, but I also think there is something to be said to keep these guys in their routine," Trembley said. "When a guy is not able to throw in between starts like he is accustomed to doing, I think you need to make an adjustment, and that's what we did in order to stay on his routine. Thankfully for everybody, we have a day off [today]. The decision would have been a whole lot more difficult if we didn't have a day off [today]."

More rotation news

Trembley reversed course yesterday and announced that Jeremy Guthrie will start in Sunday's series finale in Oakland. He had previously said that either Garrett Olson or Brian Burres would get the assignment, but now Burres is likely headed back to the bullpen and Olson could be on his way back to Triple-A Norfolk.

With an off day today and another one Monday, the Orioles won't need a fifth starter until July 28 against the New York Yankees. Trembley said this week that he didn't think Olson is an option in the bullpen because the prospect needed to pitch every five days. That would seemingly indicate that Olson, who is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two major league starts, will be demoted when Steve Trachsel is activated from the disabled list to make Saturday's start.

Olson likely wouldn't be eligible to make the start July 28 because he would have to stay in the minors for 10 days unless he were recalled because of an injury. But Orioles officials want to take a longer look at one of their top pitching prospects, so it's likely that Olson's stay with Triple-A Norfolk won't be long.

Trembley said the decision was made to "keep Guthrie on his fifth day."


Gibbons out, Knott in

Jay Gibbons was not in the starting lineup a day after the left fielder went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead three-run homer and a season-high five RBIs. Jon Knott served as the Orioles' designated hitter.

Gibbons has hit homers in three of his past six starts but has not been in the lineup the next day. In two of those games, including last night when Jarrod Washburn took the mound for Seattle, the Orioles faced left-handers.

"I came into this series knowing there was two lefties going, and I wanted to give Knott an opportunity to get those at-bats," Trembley said. "This is no disrespect to anybody, but I didn't want to alter that. We have two righties going in Oakland, so you'll see Gibby probably in two games."

Tejada on mend

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada took more ground balls yesterday and did more work in the batting cages. He said he continues to make progress in his recovery from a fractured wrist. "I was even more excited today when I woke up and there was no pain," he