Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hammel to majors

Former Biscuit Jason Hammel makes his major-league debut Tuesday. The Devil Rays promoted him Monday after putting Mark Hendrickson on the 15-day disabled list. Don't look for Hammel to stick with Tampa Bay now, but he will soon.

Hammel was a good guy who could take a crack or three. Last year, I needled him a few times about the offseason basketball accident that caused him to start the season late. He would always smile.

Though he has star potential, he's always acted like a regular guy.

If you're counting at home, that's 13 former Biscuits who have reached the big leagues. (I don't count the six others who were in the big leagues before coming to Montgomery, but haven't returned, nor the three major-leaguers who came here for a rehabilitation assignment.)

UPDATE: Hammel gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He stands to be the losing pitcher.

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