With knee rested, Hammel to start Monday

With knee rested, Hammel to start Monday

BALTIMORE-- After being scratched from his Thursday start to rest a sore knee, Jason Hammel will start for the Orioles on Monday, manager Buck Showalter confirmed Sunday.

"We plan on him pitching Monday," Showalter said. "I saw him today, he came in, he had a smile on his face, got his normal stuff done. So the plan is for him to pitch tomorrow."

On Friday, Hammel said he hoped that a few extra days of rest would be all the knee needed, adding that the swelling and fluid had decreased significantly over the previous few days.

The knee first started to become an issue during his April 25 start against Toronto and grew worse with each progressive start, but Hammel said dealing with it this week would prevent it from being an issue that lingered throughout the season.

Hammel has been Baltimore's best starter this season, compiling a 4-1 record and a 2.09 ERA.