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Baltimore Orioles right-handed starting pitcher Jason Hammel completed another rehab start last night as he continues to work his way back from a flexor mass strain. After another successful outing in the minors, Hammel told reporters -- including Jeff Seidel of MLB.com -- that he feels he's ready to rejoin the Orioles.
"I'd say I'm ready," Hammel said. "I don't
know exactly what the plan is for the next couple days, but I've done my work,
and they've taken good care of me. I feel healthy, so I'm ready to go when they
In his first rehab appearance, Hammel logged 2 2/3 shutout frames for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate. Last night, the right-hander appeared for Baltimore's Low-A affiliate, allowing one run on three hits in four innings.
After the start, Hammel said that he feels better than he has since early in spring training. As such, he's ready to rejoin the O's, believing he can offer the team a boost as a starter. However, his role is currently up in the air, as his return date.
When Hammel hit the disable list in July he was replaced in the rotation by newly acquired right-hander Bud Norris. Baltimore actually added two starters this summer, Norris and fellow right-hander Scott Feldman, leaving the team with six starters for five spots, also including Hammel, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen.
Hammel broke up the log jam by hitting the DL, and with his return it's unclear how the team would make room for him in the rotation, if they decide to use him as a starter at all. Hammel also has experience as a reliever, so the O's could ultimately elect to use him in that capacity moving forward.
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