ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After throwing a five-inning simulated game in instructional league on Monday morning,
right hander Jason Hammelcould an option to start a postseason game as soon as Saturday.
Hammel, who tweaked his surgically repaired right knee on Sept 11 against the
"[Orioles pitching coach] Rick [Adair] is hard to impress and he was impressed with his stuff and his arm strength. That was as good as could be expected. It was smoking too, he said. He got a good sweat going. It's been a while."
Barring no setback Tuesday, Hammel could make his first start in three weeks on Saturday – on regular four days rest -- in a possible
Hammel missed eight weeks recovering from arthroscopic surgery in the same knee in mid-July.
Here's what else is going on in the Orioles clubhouse:
-- Right fielder
-- The Orioles received good news on
-- Right hander Steve Johnson is day to day with a strained left knee. An MRI on the knee was negative.
-- Showalter has yet to announce a starter for Wednesday’s regular season finale. Right hander
-- Rookie outfielder L.J. Hoes is in Baltimore taking a couple days off before flying to Florida to participate in instructional league before playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Here are tonight's starting lineups:
Manny Machado 3B