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Hammel takes step forward with bullpen session

Hammel takes step forward with bullpen session

Hammel takes step forward with bullpen session
BALTIMORE -- Starter Jason Hammel, who has been sidelined with right knee discomfort, said he was feeling better Wednesday, one day after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session.

That was good news for the Orioles, who are still determining whether Hammel will get another start this season. Manager Buck Showalter said he had not yet talked to Hammel on Wednesday so it was still too early to determine the right-hander's next step.

"Whether we go into a bullpen or in a [simulation] game type of situation, that's a decision we're going to have to make," Showalter said.

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On Tuesday, Hammel said he's not at yet "100 percent" on the mound, but he was optimistic about how well his knee responded with a brace. Hammel had aggravated his surgically repaired knee in his second start back from the disabled list earlier this month. He is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts despite battling knee injuries.

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