Jason Hammel (right knee surgery) threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game at Camden Yards on Friday afternoon and he said physically he felt good. Hammel's mechanics were a bit rusty, which is to be expected, and he will likely pitch another simulated game to build his pitch count back up before being sent out on a rehab start.
Wilson Betemit (right wrist injury) is expected to start swinging a bat on Monday at the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla. and could go out on a rehab assignment on Tuesday or Wednesday. Jim Thome (herniated disk in neck) and Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) aren't close to a return, according to Showalter.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy will sign autographs at the AT&T Store in Hanover on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Fans can meet Hardy and get a sneak peek at the J.J. Hardy Fans Choice Bobblehead, presented by AT&T, that will be given to the first 20,000 fans 15-and-over on Sept. 30.