Orioles vs. Tigers, Hammel to have surgery

A few pregames notes and lineups for you following last night’s marathon win

*Jason Hammel announced this morning he will have surgery –likely on Monday morning — at Johns Hopkins Hospital to scope out his right knee and remove some of the loose cartilage that is causing him discomfort. The 29-year-old Hammel will be operated on by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and said the initial timetable for his return is 3-4 weeks. Manager Buck Showalter, who said last night that he was hoping to have Hammel back by early September, reiterated that sentiment on Sunday. Showalter said he wasn’t counting on Hammel any sooner than that and an early return would be a gift.

*The Orioles officially recalled Steve Johnson to take Hammel’s spot on the 25-man roster. Johnson is in his second stint with the Orioles and was called up for the first time –but did not pitch — during the team’s series in Seattle.  He could have a short stay again with the team expected to activate Chris Tillman for Monday’s start and recall Zach Britton for Tuesday.

Tillman, who was with the team today to travel to Minnesota post-game, said his back is feeling much better and he’s good to go for his second start with the Orioles. He had his original start pushed back a day to err on the safe side.

*Brian Matusz will pitch for Triple-A Norfolk today as scheduled and is no longer considered an option for Wednesday’s game. Showalter said he spoke with Rick Peterson on the phone this morning for about 45 minutes and –after also talking with Norfolk’s manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin — the sense is Matusz needs to continue to pitch for the Tides and improve. So, who goes? It’s Tommy Hunter’s day to pitch for Norfolk, so he seems to be the most logical candidate now.  I also wouldn’t rule out Johnson or Miguel Socolovich as potential candidates for that start.

*Right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz was scheduled to start a rehab assignment today, but he had what Showalter deemed “a hiccup” with his back and will need another day or two. Pomeranz has been sidelined with a left oblique strain since the end of May.


Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jim Thome DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Taylor Teagarden C
Robert Andino 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP


Austin Jackson CF
Quintin Berry LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Brennan Boesch DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Ramon Santiago 2B
Don Kelly RF

Justin Verlander RHP


Hey Britt, thanks for the blog…I really enjoy it.
What, if anything, are you hearing about the O’s looking to trade for a pitcher. It seemed like they wanted to look internally, but with 4 of our 5 opening day starters not currently with us, it sure seems they are running out of options. Just curious what the latest rumblings are. Thanks!

They are trying to land a starting pitcher, but at this point I’d expect more of a middle-of-the-rotation type than an actual ace. It’s tough because they don’t have a lot to part with in the Minor Leagues. I’d say a Jason Vargas, Joe Saunders type is far more likely than them acquiring a Zack Greinke.

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