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Jason Hammel returns from disabled list to face Yankees

Sep 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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UPDATE: As expected, Hammel is officially back from the DL and will face New York tonight.

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Baltimore’s rotation will get a boost Thursday when Jason Hammel comes off the disabled list to face the Yankees.

Hammel has been out since mid-July with a knee injury that required surgery, but before being shut down he was the Orioles’ best starter with a 3.54 ERA and 106/39 K/BB ratio in 109 innings.

Hammel convinced the Orioles that he’s ready to return by tossing five scoreless innings Saturday at Single-A and manager Buck Showalter signed off on putting him back into the rotation following a bullpen session yesterday.

  1. psuravens19 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    With his injury, I thought the staff would struggle… glad to have him back.

    • bmorelikeme - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Agreed and instead we are faced with the question of who gets pushed out?

      Tillman has been very good, but he might get some time off with the elbow issue hes been having.

      Saunders has pitched twice since the trade, first time he was awful, second time he was great. I’m guessing his next start against the Yanks will determine whether he moves to the pen or not.

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        I say you stick with Britton, Gonzo, Chen obviously. Tillman seems like the most logical, but still worth keeping in the BP for long relief siutations. Then again, Saunders has only had 2 outtings on opposite sides of the spectrum. Maybe give Tilly the rest, Saunders a shot, and if he struggles pop Tilly back in?

        In Buck we trust.

      • fellspointbird - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Gonzo has looked very very good for the most part, but if Baltimore makes it to October, I’d place a higher value on a power arm out of the bullpen, with possibley Hammel, Chen, Britton, and Tillman rounding out the playoff rotation.

  2. pisano - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    The Yankees are due to kick the hell out of someone, and he’s as good as the next guy.

    • sumerduckman - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      We’ll see, said the blind man to his deaf daughter.

    • ihatevick - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Guess you were wrong there Pisano.

  3. ncm42 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Glad he’s back. In related news, the Orioles are honoring Cal Jr tonight, and unveiling his statue at the park. Fitting that it’s in this season, when the O’s have some of that old magic back!

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