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Hammel to begin Double-A rehab stint Thursday

Hammel to begin Double-A rehab stint Thursday

Hammel to begin Double-A rehab stint Thursday

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel's throwing session went well Sunday and he's scheduled for a Minor League rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hammel is going to Bowie on Thursday and probably throw 45-50 pitches or two or three innings -- whichever comes first. Hammel threw 60 pitches Sunday and "did fine," according to Showalter.

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Hammel also said before Sunday's game that he felt fine after the throwing session.

Showalter said that if Hammel got through the innings with a lower number of pitches at Bowie, they'll have him go to the bullpen and throw some more.

"We'd like to get him to 45 [pitches]," Showalter said.

Hammel's been on the disabled list since July 29 with a right flexor mass strain. He'd been struggling throughout the summer and lost his last six decisions to drop to 7-8.

The right-hander hasn't won since beating the Nationals on May 27.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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