Hammel, Betemit and Thome making strides in their recoveries

August 22, 2012|By Dan Connolly

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel (right knee surgery) again participated in pitcher’s fielding practice on Wednesday, and if he feels fine, he likely will throw 25 to 35 pitches Friday in a simulated game at Camden Yards, pitching coach Rick Adair said.

Hammel is scheduled to throw one more simulated game early next week, in the 40- to 50-pitch range, and then will be re-evaluated.

Infielder Wilson Betemit (wrist) had his first pain-free day Wednesday since going on the disabled list Aug. 16, O's manager Buck Showalter said. Betemit will begin swinging a bat Thursday in Sarasota, Fla.

Jim Thome (herniated disk) also will swing a bat Thursday for the first time since late July.

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