Manny Machado's major league debut overshadowed a reunion of sorts Thursday.

Former Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie returned to Camden Yards for the first time since being traded to the Colorado Rockies in early February. The 33-year-old right hander, who was sent to Kansas City in late July for lefty Jonathan Sanchez, said Friday that he has enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and catching up with former teammates.

"Pretty much I've seen everybody and talked to everybody," said Guthrie, who was 47-65 with a 4.12 ERA in five Orioles seasons. "Really, the only one I haven't seen yet is J.J. Hardy, who I consider a good friend."

Guthrie has struggled mightily since leaving Baltimore. He went 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA for the Rockies and is 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA in four starts for Kansas City.

Guthrie said Friday that he's made some mechanical adjustments in recent weeks, and that he's feeling the best he has all season.

"It's been a rough year on the field," he said. "But I feel really good about the progress I'm making. I think it's going to be good in the long run.

Around the horn

Right hander Jason Hammel will rejoin the team and begin throwing off a mound Saturday, Showalter said. Hammel, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee July 15, plans to pitch off the downward slope of the mound. If everything goes according to schedule, he will start tossing off the rubber Monday. Outfielder Endy Chavez, designated for assignment a week ago to make room for Nate McLouth, has accepted an assignment with Triple-A Norfolk. He could have refused the assignment because of his major league service time, but would have had to forfeit the remainder of his $1.5 million contract. He is expected to report to the Tides on Tuesday. … Utility man Ryan Flaherty is feeling better after taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection. He is with the team and will begin a minor league rehab assignment no earlier than Sunday. … Jim Thome, who had an epidural for a herniated disk, has started running in a pool and doing some light upper-body work. … The Orioles' Aug. 30 game against the Chicago White Sox will begin at 12:35 p.m. The time had previously been listed as TBA.

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