Wednesday September 12th, 2012

In just his second outing since missing eight weeks following surgery on his right knee, Baltimore Orioles righthander Jason Hammel left his start against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning after reinjuring the joint.

As he walked Evan Longoria on a 3-2 slider, Hammel landed awkwardly, and he was removed from the game after manager Buck Showalter and the team's athletic trainer visited the mound. He had allowed a solo home run over 3 2/3 innings.

Hammel was the O's best starter early in the season, going 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA in the first 14 starts. He allowed one run on five hits, with six strikeouts, in his return to action last Thursday. On the season, he is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts, with 113 K's in 118 innings.

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