Hammel to pitch in simulated game on Monday

Hammel to pitch in simulated game on Monday

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will throw a four- or five-inning simulated game at the team's fall instructional league in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday as the 30-year-old inches closer to a return.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn't eliminated the possibility that Hammel could pitch in a postseason game even if he doesn't appear in another regular-season game, and the right-hander could line up for later in the week.

"We talked about that," Showalter said Saturday afternoon. "We had a little staff meeting today with the coaches, and instead of trying to handicap it, we left it, 'Let's see what Monday brings.' ... We will step back and see what our needs are from our pitching. Probably something that won't be decided until Tuesday, [after we] see how he feels from the outing."

Hammel, who has been sidelined with right knee discomfort, threw another bullpen session Friday afternoon with no problems. He has been wearing a knee brace, joking it's his best Dan Marino impersonation, and he will face both left-handed and right-handed hitters Monday, with pitching coach Rick Adair scheduled to be in attendance and Steel Russell -- son of bench coach John Russell -- catching.

The team's best starter when healthy, Hammel aggravated his surgically repaired knee in his second start back from the disabled list on Sept. 11. He is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts.