Orioles announce Minor League players of the year
For the first time since July 28, Jason Hammel starts for the Orioles. He wasn’t expecting the assignment, which came when Bud Norris was scratched because of discomfort in his right elbow.
Hammel was placed on the disabled list with right forearm tightness after his last start, and after two innings in relief on Sunday.
“I stayed patient. The time in the bullpen allowed me to think about stuff, but I tried to stay connected to my routine as closely as I could. Obviously, feeling healthy now. Things should be a lot different,” Hammel said.
Hammel hasn’t won in his last 10 starts. His last win came against the Nationals on May 27.
“I think the whole month off helped. First of all, getting healthy. When the arm doesn’t quite feel right, then you can’t get to each point in the delivery where you need to get to actually execute the pitches; it’s going to change the result,” Hammel said.
“Just having that out of my mind now and being able to get full extension, just even with the work I did with the minors, just side work while I was on the DL, it feels better, so a lot of good work and I feel strong. I’m obviously looking forward to it.”
Hammel knows the start is an important one for the Orioles.
“As long as we don’t think too far ahead, I think we’ll be fine because we’re right there in the thick of it. I don’t know what the number is. We’re in striking distance, I know that, so as long as don’t get too far ahead, thinking two or three games ahead, that’s when we’ll be fine. As long as we go in and continue to play hard every night,” Hammel said.
“We’ve been pitching well, we’ve been getting timely hits, try not to do too much. It’s a very important last two weeks here. It’s crunch time, we’ve got to make some plays. As long as we don’t get too far ahead, we’ll be fine.”