Orioles P Hammel 'happy' how knee responding

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 3:55 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Things have turned around in Baltimore for Jason Hammel.

A year ago, Hammel was barely known. Most fans didn't know who he was. The Baltimore Orioles had traded their most established pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie, in February to the Colorado Rockies for Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

The trade wasn't wildly popular with Orioles fans - nor with Guthrie. He took out newspaper ads to thank the fans for their support while Hammel, who had a 34-45 record in six seasons with Tampa Bay and Colorado, was the unknown.

It's much different now. Manager Buck Showalter can't imagine his Orioles without Hammel.

Showalter says he's glad Baltimore went out and got Hammel. The manager says, "If I knew then what I know now, who knows what we'd given up for him?"

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