BALTIMORE -- In his first bullpen session since undergoing right knee surgery, Jason Hammel threw about 20 pitches Monday, and he said prior to Tuesday's game everything went well.
"[He] feels good, hasn't had any residual swelling from the two times on the bump, so [on] Thursday [we] hope to take it a little further at some point," manager Buck Showalter said of Hammel, who threw on an incline over the weekend. If that goes well, we will set up a [simulated] game."
Hammel, who went 8-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 18 starts despite battling lingering knee issues, will remain with the team and travel on its upcoming six-game road trip while continuing his progression. Showalter said it's important for Hammel, who is still targeting an early September return, to stay together mechanically under the watchful eye of pitching coach Rick Adair to keep him on track until going out on a rehab assignment.