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Pirates release Erik Bedard

The Pirates have released veteran pitcher Erik Bedard. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released starting pitcher Erik Bedard, reports's Dayn Perry.

The 33-year-old Bedard was 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts this season. It has been the worst season of his career.

He was once a promising pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2006 and 2007, Bedard went a combined 28-16.

But he ran into arm problems after a trade to the Mariners and missed all of the 2010 season following shoulder surgery.

The Pirates have struggled recently. Pittsburgh has fallen into third in the NL Central, behind Cincinnati and St. Louis. The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

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