Update 7:03pm CDT – Joe Maddon said after Monday’s game Cubs think Jason Hammel will be fine for his next start. Appears it was only a cramp in his right hamstring and nothing else for Hammel. Maddon said Travis Wood or Trevor Cahill could fill in for Hammel if needed.
Jason Hammel left Monday’s game before start of third inning with cramping in right hamstring
Jason Hammel was forced to leave Monday’s game before the third inning with what the Cubs said is cramping in the right hamstring. Hammel was warming up for the third inning, experienced discomfort and received treatment from trainer P.J. Mainville while sitting on the ground behind the mound.
Hammel made several warmup tosses and appeared to want to stay in the game. Hammel walked off the field without a limp or favoring his right leg.
Jason Hammel completed two innings Monday. Hammel allowed a hit and a walk but no runs. Hammel struck out three and made 39 pitches, 22 for strikes. Hammel struck out looking with the bases loaded in the second inning.
Jason Hammel dealt with hamstring, calf and leg injuries in the second half last season. Hammel was not the same after leaving the game on July 8 against the Cardinals. The Cubs did not shut him down at the time.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer said after the season ended in October the Cubs did not handle Hammel’s injury correctly.
According to the Sun-Times, Hammel is officially listed as day-to-day.
Jason Hammel posted a 6-1 record in his first nine starts with a 2.17 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 3.37 FIP. Hammel allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, on 42 hits with 21 walks and 47 strikeouts in 54 innings.