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Jason Hammel takes fielding practice and throws off the mound again

Right-hander could throw a simulated game at Camden Yards on Friday

By Dan Connolly

The Baltimore Sun

7:47 PM EDT, August 21, 2012

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Jason Hammel, who had surgery on his right knee in July, threw 41 pitches in a mound session Tuesday and also went through pitcher's fielding practice for the first time since loose bodies were removed from the knee.

He felt good afterward, and if no pain lingers this week, he will throw a two- or three-inning simulated game Friday at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Hitters will stand in while Hammel throws from a mound.
   
“That’s what our hope is, Friday. I thought that was good news,” Showalter said. “We’ll have to wait and see [Wednesday]. He was pretty gassed; he got after it pretty good today.”

The Orioles have been optimistic that Hammel will return to the rotation in September. In 18 starts this year, Hammel was 8-6 with a 3.54 ERA before hitting the disabled list on July 15.