Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 10/20/14
The Baltimore Orioles are currently searching for a way to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997. They are quickly running out options after a cruel twist of fate further crippled a pitching staff that was already teetering. The Orioles fell 4-0 to the Detroit Tigers, but the most crucial blow of the day came from off the field in the training room. It was announced today that Orioles starter and staff ace Jason Hammel will be undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday on his right knee that will put him out of service for at least a month. Hammel left his start on Friday in the fourth inning after landing awkwardly on his right leg. All of the Orioles faithful had hoped the injury wasn't major, but the Birds will in fact without their best pitcher for at least a month. Hammel's numbers this season have been exceptional from the start. He has turned in only two bad outings all season, but Hammel has been fighting through discomfort in his right knee for the last m...
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