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Bedard - and trade - still grounded

Orioles ace Erik Bedard had not traveled to Seattle by late yesterday afternoon, a baseball source told The Sun, meaning any announcement involving the left-hander's pending trade to the Mariners is still on hold.

Orioles president Andy MacPhail reiterated last night that there was no news to report.

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He would not say what the holdup might be. Since Bedard is still the property of the Orioles, it's their responsibility to give him the go-ahead to fly to Seattle. MacPhail would not say whether that has been done.

Because a trade would not be completed until Bedard passes a physical, and by nature, those examinations can be lengthy, it's possible an announcement will not be made until late today or tomorrow.

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Bedard, 28, is the centerpiece of a six-man deal that would send outfielder Adam Jones, reliever George Sherrill and three pitching prospects to the Orioles. Jones and Sherrill had physicals in Baltimore earlier this week.


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