Hammel on going on the DL
The Orioles have placed pitcher Jason Hammel on the 15-day disabled list with right flexor mass tightness and the struggling starter will miss at least one start.
“It started in Spring Training, I’ve been dealing with it all year,” said Hammel, whose time missed will be minimized given the team’s upcoming off days. “It’s not really a pain thing, it’s more of an uncomfortable thing. Hopefully tomorrow, the MRI will tell me something. When something doesn’t hurt, it’s confusing. When you feel alright to a certain extent, and then things change as you get a little deeper into your outing.”
Hammel said it particularly bothers him on his slider and that the injury absolutely affected his performance this season. The Orioles Opening Day starter, Hammel hasn’t won a game since May 27 and has averaged fewer than six innings a start over that stretch. He last pitched on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and five walks in Baltimore’s loss to the Red Sox. The 30-year-old Hammel is 7-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 21 starts.
“When you don’t feel like you get extension, it’s hard to execute your pitch, because you have to stay on top of the ball and if you can’t stay on top of the ball it’s going to do different things,” he said. “You are not going to be consistent with it. So, I don’t like making excuses and I most certainly don’t like the DL, so hopefully this will be a quick fix and we can push it behind us.”
Manager Buck Showalter said Hammel’s injury “somewhat” impacted the Orioles trade late Wednesday afternoon for Bud Norris although the Astros righty has been on their radar for quite some time.
“I figured I could pitch through it,” Hammel said. “As of right now, it’s really not what’s best for this team. I haven’t been pitching to my capability and it’s really not worth going out there and further injuring myself. We got Bud in here now to further help out and with all the off days coming up, maybe I miss one or two starts and hopefully get this thing under control.”