Right-hander Jason Hammel is about a week and a half from throwing off a mound, according to Showalter. Hammel has been throwing off flat ground at home in Rhode Island. Hammel, who is recovering from right knee surgery and hopes to be back in early September, is a bit ahead of schedule and will head to the O's Spring Training complex in Sarasota, Fla., once he's ready to throw off a mound.
Nick Johnson, out with a right wrist injury, is at home in California, not in extended spring camp, while reliever Stu Pomeranz, sidelined with a left oblique injury, threw off flat ground on Saturday. The Orioles won't come right out and say it, but Johnson -- on the 60-day DL -- is probably done for the season.
Brian Roberts' right hip surgery, which was performed on Thursday, went as planned. Doctors found what they were expecting to, and the timetable for the infielder's recovery remains four to six months.