Some pregame news and notes from Buck Showalter

September 26, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles are still waiting on a decision from Randy Wolfon how he is going to proceed with his aching left elbow. Wolf has talked with team orthopedist John Wilckens and Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels team physician who performed Wolf’s 2005 Tommy John surgery. They expect an answer soon.

The Orioles have summoned outfielder Bill Hall from the instructional league in Sarasota, Fla. The veteran right-handed hitter is insurance for Lew Ford, who is improving but still dealing with a groin issue.

Hall, who played seven games for the Orioles earlier this year, is not on the 40-man roster. If Wolf has to have surgery, then he would be an obvious move to the 60-day disabled list, which would create a 40-man roster spot.

The Orioles could do the same with Wilson Betemit (right wrist) if they are convinced he won’t be ready at any point in the playoffs.

Jason Hammel said he has no pain in his surgically repaired right knee after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. Showalter said Hammel could throw another bullpen session or a simulated game this week. There is no set timetable for his return, but the Orioles would love to have their most consistent starter available for the end of the season or the potential postseason. Showalter said Hammel wouldn’t have to pitch in the regular season to test the knee before starting in the postseason since Hammel pitched this month.

Showalter has not named his rotation for the Boston series that begins Friday, but he said Chris Tillman would start one of those games. Showalter said he is not worrying about lining up a certain pitcher for the postseason; he’d be fine with whoever’s turn it might be.

Former NFL star Deion Sanders, who is in town with the NFL Network, took batting practice and shagged fly balls before the game. Showalter was Sanders' manager in Double-A with the New York Yankees organization and the two remain close. For pure athleticism, Showalter said he has never seen someone better than Sanders.

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