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Hammel Opts for Surgery

Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #1 by birdwatcher55 » July 15th, 2012, 7:09 am

Out 4-6 weeks, according to reports I'm reading...What does DD do next??? 8-)
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #2 by Don » July 15th, 2012, 8:32 am

He could have possibly gone the cortisone shot route, but when you have loose pieces. I tend to associate that talk with articular cartilage damage and not meniscus. Seeing the timeline, he is likely getting that removed and shave/smooth out the area of rigidness that is causing the discomfort.

At this stage, they have to go internal because teams may see this as a sign of desperation. If anything, it will be a low level stop gap type pitcher.
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #3 by Jordan Tuwiner » July 15th, 2012, 8:44 am

birdwatcher55 wrote:Out 4-6 weeks, according to reports I'm reading...What does DD do next??? 8-)

Do you have a link?
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #4 by Don » July 15th, 2012, 8:51 am

Do you have a link?


Nothing has been formally announced, so anything at this point is hearsay. I tend to think he opts for surgery. Cortisone will mask the pain, but he can continue to rub and when it hitches another piece could easily chip, resulting in more long term damage, better chance of going bone to bone.
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #5 by ofahn » July 15th, 2012, 10:14 am

Don wrote:He could have possibly gone the cortisone shot route, but when you have loose pieces. I tend to associate that talk with articular cartilage damage and not meniscus. Seeing the timeline, he is likely getting that removed and shave/smooth out the area of rigidness that is causing the discomfort.

At this stage, they have to go internal because teams may see this as a sign of desperation. If anything, it will be a low level stop gap type pitcher.


What's your opinion of Steve Johnson as a starting pitcher?
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #6 by mikezpen » July 15th, 2012, 11:12 am

I'd rather they try Johnson than call up, Britton. He hasn't been that consistent. Plus he's coming off arm problems. I think the guy represents too much of the future to throw out there prematurely.
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Re: Hammel Opts for Surgery

PostPost #7 by birdwatcher55 » July 15th, 2012, 4:31 pm

Per Steve Melewski via MASN:

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel told reporters a few minutes ago that he has decided he will have surgery on his right knee. The arthroscopic procedure will take place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday.

"Obviously, it's not what I want to do, but it's what needs to be done," Hammel said. "I can't keep pitching on a bad leg and start doing things with my arm and hurting stuff there. I'm bummed out, but it will be a pretty routine surgery. I figure a few weeks, maybe four weeks hopefully for the return, which gets me back in time to help the club.

"They'll go in and pull out the cartilage that is floating around and see if there is anything else in there that we haven't caught. They told me three to four (weeks to be back) right now. It could be later than that, it could be earlier than that if I'm a superhero.

"It's a decision that had to be made. I want to help the club, but it's another opportunity for someone else to come help out and I'll get back to doing my thing when I get healthy."

Hammel is 8-6 with a 3.54 ERA over 18 starts and 109 1/3 innings. He left Friday's start after throwing a 1-2 pitch to Brennan Boesch in the top of the fourth inning. Hammel said he could have put off surgery and tried to rest and rehab the injury.
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