Hammel was shelled for 10 runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks across just 3.1 innings in Sunday's loss to Colorado. He struck out two. Hammel's 22-inning scoreless streak came to a prompt end Sunday, as he was blitzed for seven runs in the first inning and was finished off later by Nolan Arenado's second three-run homer of the game. Hammel has had a strong season overall, as his ERA still sits at a tidy 3.05 even after Sunday's shellacking, and entered the contest on a six-start win streak. He will have the opportunity to get back on track Saturday versus the Dodgers.
Hammel (13-5) tossed seven shutout innings, allowed just two hits and three walks, and struck out seven to earn the win in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader against Milwaukee. Hammel dominated a weak Brewers lineup, as he induced 14 swinging strikes in 110 pitches. The only runner who even reached third base did so on a throwing error. Hammel is on a ridiculous hot streak, now with four consecutive quality starts and a 22-inning scoreless streak. His ERA is down to 2.75, making him one of four Cubs starters (Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester) with a sub-3.00 ERA.
Hammel (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Hammel was away from the team for nearly a week while attending to a personal matter, but he'll return Tuesday in advance of his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Angels. In his last start, August 2 against the Marlins, Hammel threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out three.
Hammel, who is currently on the bereavement list, is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Angels, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Hammel is attending to a personal situation and was originally scheduled to return to the rotation Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon decided to give him one extra day. John Lackey will now get the start Tuesday instead.
Hammel was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Hammel tossed six scoreless innings in a win over the Marlins on Tuesday night, but he'll now head to the bereavement list while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. He'll be required to miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven, but with the Cubs off Thursday, Hammel is unlikely to miss his next start. In a corresponding move, the Cubs recalled Justin Grimm to temporarily fill Hammel's spot on the roster. That leaves the Cubs with a nine-man bullpen for the time being.