Today has turned into a wild Wednesday for the
Hammel, one of the best early-season stories in baseball, has anchored the Orioles' starting rotation with a 4-1 ERA with 2.09 ERA in six starts. Showalter said Hammel received an MRI within the past few days that showed no structural damage and Showalter said he believes Hammel can still avoid a DL stint.
If Hammel can't pitch, the Orioles will need to recall starter for both Thursday's and Friday's games from Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles have also purchased the contract of utility man Steve Tolleson from Norfolk to add depth to a suddenly ailing roster. He's scheduled to arrive later tonight.
In order to make room for Tolleson on the 40-man roster, the team moved catcher
In 26 games at Norfolk, Tolleson had a .265/.357/.361 line with one homer and 11 RBIs. He has also committed six errors.
As for the Orioles' starting pitchers the next two days, the Orioles could recall right-hander
As for Friday, left-hander Dana Eveland is still the likely replacement.
Here are today's lineups: