Orioles have Hammel back for 'pen

Orioles have Hammel back for 'pen
September 5, 2013, 5:45 pm

BALTIMORE – Two days after he threw four innings for Aberdeen, the Orioles activated Jason Hammel from the disabled list. He had been on the DL since July 29 with a strained right forearm.

“You probably won’t see him physically available until Saturday, in an emergency, maybe Friday. I’m going to talk him a little more in detail today during batting practice about how he feels and what our plans are. Some of it depends on what he has to say, too,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Hammel allowed a run in four innings on Tuesday. Last week, he threw a scoreless 2 2/3 innings for Bowie.

“Obviously, I’m very excited to be back. Being healthy is No. 1. But just being back with guys, just being around here, it’s a fun group,” Hammel said.

“I was trying to get back as quick as I could. It was tough watching the guys on TV. I want to be there with them. And be able to go through the ups and downs together. But it is what it is right now. So obviously I know I can help and I just tried to get back as quick as I could.”

Hammel is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA, but hasn’t won a game since Memorial Day. He was listed with the available relievers on the lineup card.

“Obviously, he’s pitched well as a starter at times, and for the most part, pitched real well for Colorado out the pen before we acquired him. So, it’s good to have a couple of ways to go with that,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Taylor Teagarden cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Norfolk.

-Outfielder Eric Thames was claimed on waivers by Houston.

-Showalter said that he hopes Steve Pearce (left wrist) will be back with the team a week from now.