O's flip Hammel, Hunter for weekend series

O's flip Hammel, Hunter for weekend series

NEW YORK -- The Orioles tweaked their rotation for the upcoming weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, flipping Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel, with Hammel now scheduled for Saturday.

"Tommy's had an ingrown toenail that he's had a cut on," manager Buck Showalter said. "I just want to give him a couple extra days and get him back to 100 percent. He'll tell you that he is, but we had an opportunity and we'll see if we can give him a couple extra days there."

With Thursday's off-day, the Orioles' arms will each get an extra day's rest, and Hunter -- who has also been one of several players under the weather -- will now start the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

"He threw today, he's fine," Showalter said of Hunter, who is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA. "He feels good. I just thought we weren't going to have this opportunity much up north. We'll try to fresh up his everything a little bit."

Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.22 ERA) will start Friday's series opener, facing Boston for the first time in his career.