The Baltimore Orioles announced that right-hander Jason
Hammel will be available to start a potential American League Division series
opener this weekend, reports Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun:
"It feels as good as
it's going to feel until the season's over," Hammel said before Tuesday's
game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I'm not thinking about it. There's
minimal discomfort, it's not something I can't handle."
Hammel threw a 73-pitch simulated game Monday and felt no
lingering discomfort yesterday. He’s missed much of the past three months due to knee injuries, but he doesn’t expect to be on a pitch count if and when he
pitches this weekend.
Baltimore isn’t guaranteed to be playing into the weekend,
as they could face a Wild Card play-in game Friday, but Orioles manager Buck
Showalter said Hammel isn’t available for that game because he doesn’t want to
use him on less than full rest.