SAN FRANCISCO – Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is out indefinitely after receiving a cortisone injection in the flexor mass muscle in his right forearm on Friday after his recent MRI was reviewed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.
The injection means that Hammel certainly won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when he is eligible on Tuesday. After taking a week off from throwing, Hammel still felt tightness in the forearm following a throwing session this past Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Hammel said he'd try to throw again today after a five-day medication pack was completed, but instead he will need additional rest before resuming throwing following the injection.
“He’ll rest a couple days,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll see how it manages the next couple days. Hopefully we can go forward with it.”
Showalter said that Hammel requested a second opinion on the forearm and Dr. Andrews’ finding correlated with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens, who gave Hammel the injection.
“It’s good to get another set of eyes on it,” Showalter said. “It’s better than it was before the injection, but it’s still not completely resolved. … Because of all the things that are going on, it’s actually good to get that peace of mind there that what we’re dealing with is something that everybody feels like is the case. I think he’s eliminated all doubt about the structure being good. He’s good there.”
Showalter added that there’s still no sign of structural damage. A previous MRI came back negative.
“All the tests and MRI, the doctors have looked at it,” Showalter said. “The structure itself looks good. So I think we have an idea of what we’re dealing with but I haven’t heard any information to make me think this is any different than what it is.”
Hammel’s move to the disabled list correlated with the Orioles’ trade acquisition of right-hander Bud Norris from Houston. At the time of the move, Hammel had gone 10 starts without a win and was 0-6 in that span.
“In his last couple starts, it was something that didn’t completely resolved,” Showalter said. “When it started he decided to continue to pitch with it. It wasn’t acute pain or anything. It was just having some trouble with his slider with it and finally we just tried to quiet it down to get it right. This is part of the process.”