"It'll be good to get him back," Showalter said. "I think Tommy's going to come back and really help us."
Hunter has said the injury didn't hamper him while throwing, so it's not an excuse for his struggles on the mound so far this season. He converted 11 of his first 12 save opportunities, but blew his last two before hitting the DL. Hunter has allowed 11 earned runs on 25 hits, five walks and a hit batsman over 16 1/3 innings.
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