BALTIMORE – Jason Hammel won’t be back with the Orioles before the rosters expand on Sept. 1. Hammel and Wilson Betemit are both on the disabled list. Hammel on the 15-day with a strained right forearm and Betemit on the 60-day with a severely sprained right knee.
It’s probably in the Orioles best interest to have as many players on the disabled list as possible on Aug. 31 to insure maximum maneuverability.
Hammel is scheduled to throw 45 pitchers, perhaps two or three innings for Bowie, probably on Thursday.
Betemit’s 20-day rehab assignment ends on Monday. He’s currently at Norfolk, and he would have to approve an extension on his rehab.
The Orioles may send players to Sarasota, Fla. to be ready in case they’re needed because of injuries in September. Their instructional league begins in Sarasota on Sept. 11.
Manager Buck Showalter suggested that a few players may be called up on Sept. 1 and then more after Norfolk’s season ends. Showalter said that a starting pitcher with options could be sent down after they make a start this week and be promoted and not miss a start. They did that last year with Zach Britton and could do the same with Bud Norris.
The Orioles will also likely add some additional staff from the minor leagues for September.