Hammel, who became the Orioles number one starter, landed on the disabled list on July 13 with an 8-6 record, 3.54 ERA and an impressive 2.71 K/BB ratio.
The Orioles were 46-41, 8 games back behind the Yankees in the American League East when Hammel went down. Since that time, the Birds have gone 16-12 and picked up 2.5 games on the Yankees with their current 62-53 record.
That’s pretty impressive. Honestly, when the Orioles lost Hammel I expected the roof to cave in on their amazing 2012 season. It hasn’t and his return can only strengthen this team.
Hammel is still on schedule for a September return.