SAN DIEGO –- Jason Hammel is eligible to come off the disabled list next Tuesday. It’s looking as if he won’t.
Hammel was placed on the DL last Wednesday, retroactive to July 29 after the Orioles acquired Bud Norris. He experienced tightness in his right forearm. Hammel had an MRI, and nothing alarming was found.
He tried to throw before Tuesday’s game, manager Buck Showalter said. “He still had a little discomfort. We’re not there, yet,” Showalter said.
"It was a slight improvement, but it was disappointing that it didn't heal after a week of not throwing," Hammel said after Wednesday's game. Hammel said he would try to throw before Friday's game in San Francisco.
"It's improved slightly, so it's improving, but obviously not as quickly as we want."
Hammel wasn't optimistic that he'd be able to pitch next week.
"I can't predict the future, but as of right now, it doesn't look too good," Hammel said.
Hammel is using a Dosepak, and Showalter said he’s on the third day of a five-day plan.
“We’ll see how he is in a couple of days,” Showalter said.
It’s possible the Orioles would send Hammel to pitch in a rehab game.
“I don’t think that’s moving at a real fast clip. We were hoping that yesterday he would throw and want to go to the next step. It’s not bad. It’s just it’s not like completely gone. Some of it is still lingering,” Showalter said.
“It makes you feel a little better about Dling him in the first place. That was kind of iffy.”
Showalter doesn’t want to discourage a pitcher, who even though he hasn’t won in 10 starts, is still valued and very much admired in the clubhouse.
“I don’t him to push too much, which he’s not. They’ve done a good job with him. They’re just trying to resolve it all,” Showalter said.
“This needs to get resolved for him to pitch like he can pitch the rest of the year. We’ve got a lot of games yet.”