Orioles' Hammel Improving, Unsure Of Return

September 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) pitches in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Baltimore righty undergoes MRI showing no further damage, but needs time to recover.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel had good news on his right knee, but he can't put a date yet on his return.

Jeff Seidel of MLB.com reported that the 30-year-old righty underwent an MRI that showed no new damage, but he still needs time to recover.

"I was pumped to hear [this news]," he said after Thursday's game. "I thought something else was going on just by the way it felt and even from the pain I felt [Wednesday] -- and the improvement into today was significant. It's making strides."

Hammel left Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning after feeling pain in that knee.

It has been a matter of concern for him. An arthroscopy was performed on it in July, and now it hits a so-called "hot spot", which means the pitcher will now work on strengthening it for a few days.

Hammel is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA for Baltimore.

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