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MLB Injury News:
Baltimore Orioles' pitcher Jason Hammel, who last pitched on July 25 and is on the disabled list with a forearm injury, threw off the mound on Friday. He said he felt "outstanding" in his first time throwing off the mound since landing on the disabled list.
As reported by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Hammel threw around 45 pitches on Friday and was scheduled to throw a longer mound session on Sunday. Should he continue to progress, Hammel could go on a rehab assignment next week. It is unclear as to whether or not Hammel will pitch solely as a starter upon his return, or see time in relief.
The injury to Hammel was initially considered to be minor and was placed on the DL to clear up space on the roster for starting pitcher Bud Norris.
It has taken longer than anticipated for Hammel to recover from his injury, but he was upbeat about his progress during his mound session and plans to up his workload during Sunday's session.
"I'm not trying to stay on the DL. I'm trying to get back, so I might as
well let it fly," said Hammel, who had difficulty throwing his slider
with the injury. "It felt good for a few days now with the long toss and
everything. I probably threw 30 from the stretch, next 15 from the
windup and I felt real good."
Hammel has started 21 games this season and has posted a record of 7-8 with a 5.20 earned run average. In 123 innings, he has allowed 140 hits and 46 walks, while striking out 85. Last season Hammel posted an 8-6 record with a 3.43 earned run average. He is 10 games under .500 for his career at 49-59 with an ERA of 4.83.
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