Bedard scratched from today's start with injured hip

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Former Oriole Erik Bedard made his return to Camden Yards. He just won't be pitching here.

Bedard has been scratched from today's start because of inflammation in his left hip. Felix Hernandez, who was supposed to pitch tomorrow in the series finale, will replace Bedard.

"We're just not going to take any chances with Erik," Seattle Mariners manager John McLaren said. "He's had this on one other occasion, I believe. We're just not going to take any chances with it."

Bedard apparently felt some discomfort while playing catch in the outfield, but he's scheduled to pitch Tuesday. Carlos Silva will take Hernandez's place tomorrow.

"It's Felix's regular throw day [today] and Carlos' regular throw day on Monday," McLaren said, "so we won't miss a beat there."

Are the Orioles disappointed that they will miss Bedard?

"Not really," first baseman Kevin Millar said with a smile. "I'll be honest with you, Erik Bedard is one of the elite in the league. Not that you get a day off because you've got Felix throwing. That's probably one of the toughest one-two punches in the big leagues. Hopefully we can take advantage of it, but we've still got a tough customer in Felix."

Catcher Ramon Hernandez told Bedard he was going to take the left-hander deep.

"I really was excited to face him, especially after I caught him last year," Hernandez said. "It's always a good challenge when you face a guy you caught. You can talk [trash] and have a lot of fun. Hopefully, he stays healthy and has a good season."

Earlier in the day, Bedard disputed the notion that he wasn't happy here and wanted to leave before the Orioles dealt him to the Mariners.

"I don't know where they got that. The fans, the players, the coaches - all of that, that was a lot of fun," he said.

"I was here for so long, you miss it at first. But eventually it will go away. You're with another team and you concentrate on that."

Hernandez catches again

Rather than pair left-hander Adam Loewen with backup catcher Guillermo Quiroz as originally planned, manager Dave Trembley kept Hernandez behind the plate last night.

Hernandez collected three hits Friday, including a home run, but Trembley was more interested in having him catch on consecutive nights. The Orioles had an open date on their schedule Tuesday and were rained out Thursday.

Quiroz will make his first start today with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, as the Orioles play a day game after a night game. Trembley also plans to give Scott Moore a start, either at first base or third, and wants Jay Payton to start in center field.

"That'll happen before the weekend is up," Trembley said.

What's he doing here?

Loewen arrived at Camden Yards about 1 p.m. yesterday, though the starting pitcher isn't required to be at the ballpark before 5:30 for a 7:05 game.

Trembley spotted Loewen playing cards with Guthrie and Brian Burres in the players' lounge. The left-hander also used the club's new video system to prepare for Seattle's lineup.

"I tried to stay away from him," Trembley said.

Wieters off to hot start

After homering twice Friday night for Single-A Frederick, Matt Wieters had an RBI single yesterday in the Keys' 2-0 victory over Lynchburg.

Wieters lined a two-strike pitch up the middle. He also drew a walk and "caught a very good game," said Dave Stockstill, director of minor league operations.

"I hope he doesn't think it's going to be like this all the time," Trembley said, laughing.

McDonogh graduate Brandon Erbe allowed two hits in five scoreless innings.

Third baseman Billy Rowell, the Orioles' first-round pick in the 2006 draft, didn't play after turning his ankle while running to first base in Friday's game. His status is day-to-day.

Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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