-- After almost six weeks on the disabled list, Baltimore Orioles left-handed starter Erik Bedard will return to the mound Wednesday in a rehabilitation start for Class AA Bowie. He will throw two innings.

At the time of his injury, Bedard, who was placed on the disabled list on May 26 with a sprained left knee, was 5-1 and second in the American League with a 2.08 ERA. The Orioles decided Bedard was ready for a rehab assignment after he did well in a bullpen session Monday.

"He had a good session and he should be ready to go," Manager Lee Mazzilli said.

Mazzilli said he wasn't sure how many starts Bedard would make in the minors, but it seems likely it will be two or three.

"We're not worried about his arm strength," Mazzilli said. The goal is to "just get him back in the rhythm of getting innings in."

The Orioles are 14-23 since Bedard went on the disabled list.

Sosa Singles

Designated hitter Sammy Sosa ended an 0-for-20 streak with an infield single against Randy Johnson in the sixth. He doubled in the ninth. . . .

Catcher Eli Whiteside, 25, made his major league debut in the sixth inning when he replaced Sal Fasano. Whiteside grounded into a double play in his first at-bat in the seventh inning. . . .

New York Yankees pitcher Buddy Groom pitched against the Orioles for the first time since leaving Baltimore this past offseason. Groom played five seasons with Baltimore.

Erik Bedard, who was placed on the DL May 26, will pitch for the Baysox tonight.