Latest News on Rays’ Hammel

Until we get people used to going to Wide World of Kitsap Sports, a relatively new blog on this site that follows the careers of Kitsap athletes like Marvin Williams, Willie Bloomquist, Ryan Villopoto, Aaron Cunningham, Todd Linden and others, you’ll probably find some duplication on this blog.

So what you’re about to read about Jason Hammel, the South Kitsap grad and pitcher for the Tampa Rays, is also on the WWKS site. reported that Hammel could be in the starting rotation at the start of the season for the defending American League champion  Rays. There’s also a chance the team could trade him. Hammel, a right-hander who was left off the postseason roster, would prefer to start.

After starting 2008 as a starter, the 26-year-old  wound up being used in long relief. Manager Joe Maddon has some good things to say about Hammel, who sounds like he wants to stay in the Tampa organization.

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