Jason Hammel Out 3-4 Weeks


Jason Hammel has been a bright spot in the Orioles’ rotation this season. Unfortunately, the O’s will now have to get by without him for a while. Hammel aggravated a nagging right knee injury in Saturday’s start, and the decision has been made that he will undergo surgery Monday. The operation is expected to sideline him for 3-4 weeks, but the O’s are not counting on Hammel return to the rotation until September. The knee has bothered Hammel for most of the season and he was planning to have surgery in the offseason, but the pain he felt Saturday could not be ignored and Hammel decided to move forward with surgery now. The Orioles want to leave Brian Matusz at Triple-A Norfolk to continue to work on things, so it looks like we’ll see Tommy Hunter taking Hammel’s spot in the rotation Wednesday.

Geoff Bloom


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In other fantasy news from the weekend….

  • Erick Aybar went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo homer, and two RBI during the Angels’ victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Aybar, hit his fourth home run of 2012, has hit three long balls in his past four outings.
  • Dan Haren (back) will make a rehab start Monday and is expected rejoin the Angels’ rotation on Sunday.
  • The Nationals are not expected to activate Drew Storen back from the disabled list. Storen has appeared in three rehab games, but the Nationals do not want arm strength to be an issue when he returns to the Nats bullpen.
  • Johnny Cueto was scratched from Sunday’s start due to a blister, but he was able to throw a bullpen session and is fully expected to be ready to start Tuesday.
  • Coco Crisp will have his left shoulder checked out Monday. It’s possible he’ll need to be placed on the disabled list.
  • Ben Sheets was fantastic Sunday in his first major league start since 2010. Sheets threw six shutout innings and allowed just two hits while striking out five. I recommended to stay away from Sheets last week, but was I wrong. I still don’t think he’ll be this good moving forward, but Sheets is a worthy gamble in NL-Only fantasy leagues.
  • Roy Halladay (lat) will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Dodgers. He’ll be on a pitch count initially but should be back in fantasy lineups immediately.
  • Carl Crawford is set to return to the Red Sox on Monday.
  • Yovani Gallardo was brilliant on Sunday as he fanned 14 Pirates. Gallardo, who had last pitched July 6 in Houston, struck out two Pirates in each of the first three innings.
  • Justin Verlander dominated the Orioles on Sunday. Verlander improved his record to 10-5, and saw his earned-run average dip to 2.43 with his eight-inning masterpiece. Three hits were all he allowed to the O’s, while striking out eight.