The Baltimore Orioles have a good starting rotation and should be concerned more with the bullpen at this point of the season. However, the Orioles have been without right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel since July 29 with a flexor mass strain and the team is looking to get him back before the beginning of September.
Manager Buck Showalter is expecting Hammel to have to rehab starts before returning to the major league roster. He is scheduled to throw off flat ground Monday and Wednesday with the main goal to be pitching off a mound by the end of the week. The problem with Hammel getting rehab starts is that the Minor League seasons are about to end. Showalter still believes that Hammel and any other pitcher that needs rehab will get their work in before the minors’ season sends.
The 30-year-old has started 21 games for the Orioles before hitting the 15-day disabled list. He is 7-8 with a bit of a higher ERA than he had last season recording a 5.23 mark. Having Hammel under control for the rest of the season is going to be vital for the Orioles’ playoff push. The Orioles did help its rotation by acquiring Bud Norris at the trade deadline and with Hammel coming back, the Baltimore rotation will be even stronger.
Baltimore is 66-56 this season and are third in the American League East. The end of the season will be tight with the Orioles, among others, fighting for a wildcard spot.