Orioles being cautious with Hammel

Orioles being cautious with Hammel

SEATTLE -- The Orioles continue to take a wait-and-see approach with right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel, who is resting and rehabbing his right knee after Thursday's MRI exam showed no additional damage but some "hot spots" from scar tissue.

"Slow," manager Buck Showalter of the progress with Hammel. "[It's] not imminent that he moves to another step yet."

The 30-year-old Hammel aggravated his surgically repaired knee in his second start back from the disabled list earlier this month, and the team remains hopeful he will start again this season.

"Oh sure, I'm optimistic," Showalter said. "We just haven't had anything where, 'Hey, this feels pretty good, let's start throwing,' yet. We haven't gotten the discomfort out of there yet."

Hammel, who has played catch since his MRI exam, is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts despite being hampered by knee issues the past three months.