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Jason Hammel to miss at least one start with right knee injury

Jul 14, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The MRI results aren’t yet known, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Hammel will miss at least one start. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have more on his status after the game.

10:06 AM ET: Jason Hammel‘s right knee has been an issue for most of the season, but he’s managed to pitch through it and remain effective. However, he could be headed for an extended absence after leaving last night’s start against the Tigers in the fourth inning.

According to Roch Kubakto of, Hammel is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to get to the root of the problem.

“I was driving toward the plate and it didn’t feel good,” he said. “Something felt really bad. It’s the same area as the injury was before. It’s kind of just day-to-day. We scheduled an MRI for tomorrow and we’ll find out more, but as of right now, we don’t really know what’s going on here.

“It was something that just happened on that pitch. I mean, the normal things I’ve been dealing with since the actual original injury happened, it hasn’t changed. Nothing felt like a pop or anything like that.”

Losing Hammel for any length of time would obviously be a tough blow for the Orioles, who are currently tied with the Indians for the second Wild Card spot but have faded in recent weeks. The 29-year-old right-hander has emerged as the team’s best starter since being acquired from the Rockies in February, posting a 3.54 ERA and 106/39 K/BB ratio over 109 1/3 innings.

  1. rockthered1286 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I’m typically an optimist except when it comes to Angelos. In going to guess Hammel hits the DL, PA calls the season a wash and refuses to be a buyer in FA. Instead of trying to regain momentum he’ll just let this team fade ala 2005.

    Freezing cold bats aren’t helping either.

    • kkolchak - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      As much as I hate Angelos, the Orioles would not be wise to give up prospects trying to stay in contention this year. The team is finally starting to show signs of life, but they still have a long way to go. As a Nats fan, it was almost a GOOD thing that our team dropped out of contention early the past few years as we spent every trading deadline adding to our young talent base rather than subtracting when we weren’t yet ready to compete.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    The orioles are slowly disappearing into mediocrity. If Hammels is hurt, that descent will happen even more quickly. There isn’t much that can go wrong with the knee that can’t be fixed. Worse case scenario, we’ll see him next year. He’s very talented and I expect number results from him in 2013.

  3. rockthered1286 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    True but it only took the nats a handful of years. I’ve done ran out of fingers years ago counting the high failed draft picks and trading away talent for garbage players. I have no qualms reaching for garza/ soriano and giving up reynolds, Matusz and a AA prospect.

  4. randygnyc - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    I don’t think anyone is interested in matusz. Maybe if he’s an afterthought in a deal and he’s on a list of ‘players to be named later’.

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