Hammel's knee feels fine after Saturday's win

Hammel's knee feels fine after Saturday's win

Hammel's knee feels fine after Saturday's win
ATLANTA -- Manager Buck Showalter said that right-hander Jason Hammel showed no ill effects on Sunday, one day after throwing a one-hit shutout in the Orioles' 5-0 victory over the Braves. Hammel has dealt with soreness in his right knee this season, and that was part of the reason his start against the Braves had been pushed back a day.

Hammel hit a ground ball to short in the top of the ninth inning and was tagged out after a protracted jog down the line. Showalter said that not running out the ground ball was the best thing Hammel could have done in that situation.

"We had him at 6.89 [seconds]," Showalter said. "That's one of the few times I'll condone a 6.89."

Hammel, who spent three years with the Rockies, was happy to lay down two sacrifice bunts, but he doesn't like hitting much now that he's in the American League.

"That's why I didn't run out that last one," Hammel said. "My knee was hurting me a little bit. I wanted [first baseman Eric] Hinske to meet me halfway. He was laughing at me. I said, 'I don't want to run that far, come get me.'"

Thanks to an off-day on Thursday, Hammel will have an extra day of rest before his next start.