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Orioles pregame: Hammel throws off half mound, still optimistic he can return this season
Orioles pregame: Hammel throws off half mound, still optimistic he can return this season

BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel threw a brief side session from halfway up the mound before Friday’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox, the first time he threw downward since coming out of his Sept. 11 start with pain in his surgically repaired right knee. Before throwing in the bullpen, Hammel said he his balky right knee has shown progress, but that he didn’t want to throw off a full mound until he was certain the knee was pain free. “It’s starting to feel really good, but I’m not going to get on a mound and throw another pitch until it feels normal,” Hammel said. “I’m not going to risk further injury.” Hammel...

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