9/4/2013 9:07 P.M. ET
Hammel to be activated Thursday
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will be activated from the disabled list when the team returns to Baltimore on Thursday, although he probably won't be available to pitch until at least Friday, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Showalter, whose club was set to wrap a three-city, nine-game road trip in Cleveland on Wednesday night, could use Hammel as a starter or reliever depending on the team's needs. The right-hander made his second rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, allowing one run over four innings, and told reporters afterward he was good to go.
"I'm just happy to be healthy and feeling good and I know I can help the team," said Hammel, who 57 pitches, 36 for strikes. He also pitched 2 2/3 innings last Thursday.
Given expanded rosters in September, the team can add Hammel whenever they want and he's expected to be there for Thursday's series opener against the White Sox. Hammel has been sidelined since late July with right flexor mass tightness, an injury that has bothered him since the spring.
McFarland solid against former team
CLEVELAND -- Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland tossed two scoreless innings on Tuesday against the Indians, his former organization, after the lefty was selected in the Rule 5 Draft by Baltimore this winter.
"[I had a] little extra something," McFarland said of the outing, which manager Buck Showalter remarked was the sharpest McFarland has been all season. "Especially because I played with most of those guys I faced in the lineup. [Lonnie] Chisenhall, I didn't face him, but [Jason] Kipnis, some of the pitchers we faced [on Tuesday]. Some history there. I enjoyed that outing for sure."
McFarland, who was left off Cleveland's 40-man roster and picked up by Baltimore at the Winter Meetings, said he has "nothing vindictive" going against the Indians, as everything has worked out.
"To think that I would be in this position at this time last year, would be kind of a far-fetched idea," McFarland said. "But things happen and fortunately for me, here I am."
McFarland, 24, has pitched in 31 games for the Orioles this season and posted a 4.39 ERA. He has thrown 66 2/3 innings and allowed 36 earned runs on 74 hits and 21 walks with 52 strikeouts.
• Brian Roberts was the DH on Wednesday for the second consecutive game, which is a product of manager Buck Showalter wanting to work some guys, like Ryan Flaherty, back into the mix. It's been a long trip and this is a little breather for Roberts, who has been in the lineup every day.
• The Casey Cares 5K race, held August 3 at Camden Yards, raised $69,642.65 for the Casey Cares Foundation, more than doubling the amount raised at any of the previous three races. The organization provides uplifting programs for critically ill children and their families.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.