Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/19/14
The Baltimore Orioles have announced their starter for their
one-game Wild Card playoff against the Texas Rangers, and it’s not going to be
Jason Hammel or Steve Johnson. While the Orioles have instead decided to hand
the ball to veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, Hammel and Johnson could figure
into the team’s playoff equation if they’re able to advance beyond Texas.



The decision of who would start what could end up being
Baltimore’s final game of the 2012 campaign came down to Johnson and Saunders.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter elected Saunders, and he noted that Johnson’s
lingering knee injury impacted his decision.



Still, if the O’s are able to advance to the American League
Division Series Johnson and Hammel, who’s also returning from a knee injury,
should be available.



Utility player Wilson Betemit could also be available this
postseason, as he’s set to resume baseball activities in the near future, but
it wouldn’t be until deeper into the playoffs.

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