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Tommy Hunter | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tommy Hunter pitched perfect seventh and eighth innings against the Rays on Wednesday for his first hold of the year.
Hunter was coming off back-to-back poor appearances, but manager Buck Showalter showed some faith in him by going to him in a 1-0 game. With Zach Britton still pitching well in the closer's role, Hunter has no value in typical mixed leagues at the moment. He might start racking up some holds if he throws well, though. Jun 18 - 5:11 PM

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Making his first appearance since coming off the DL, Tommy Hunter closed out Baltimore's 4-0 win over Boston on Monday.

It's good to see that Buck Showalter trusted Hunter to finish off a four-run game, and Hunter handled it well, throwing 10 pitches in a perfect frame. Still, he's not going to be a candidate for saves again unless Zach Britton slips up.
Jun 9 - 11:55 PM

Orioles activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list.

Hunter missed a little over two weeks with a left groin strain. Zach Britton has pitched well in the closer role, so Hunter has some work cut out for him to get the ninth inning back.
Jun 8 - 1:16 PM

Tommy Hunter struck out two in a scoreless inning of work for Low-A Delmarva in his final rehab outing on Saturday.

He also hit a batter, with the baserunner being erased on a caught stealing to end Hunter's day. He'll be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles on Sunday.
Jun 7 - 7:10 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

Hunter threw a two-inning simulated game Thursday and will make one rehab appearance for Low-A Delmarva on Saturday. Assuming he gets through that outing with no issues, he'll be back in the Orioles' bullpen Sunday. Zach Britton has pitched well in the closer role, so Hunter has some work cut out for him to get the ninth inning back.
Jun 5 - 6:13 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) threw a simulated inning on Thursday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

If the right-hander wakes up Friday with no abnormal discomfort, he should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Hunter has been out since May 22 because of a left groin strain. Zach Britton has since taken over ninth-inning duties for Baltimore.
Jun 5 - 3:16 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday.

Hunter could be ready to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen as early as Saturday, but Zach Britton has done a good job as a fill-in at closer and could keep the gig. Hunter has been out since May 22 with a left groin strain.
Jun 4 - 6:35 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) felt "great" after performing fielding drills on Wednesday afternoon.

Hunter threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and will throw another 'pen session on Thursday. He is expected to return from the disabled list next Monday, though Zach Britton could hold onto ninth-inning duties.
Jun 4 - 5:25 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and reported feeling fine.

Hunter will do fielding drills Wednesday and throw another bullpen session on Thursday. He is on track to return from the 15-day disabled list next Monday, though it's not clear what his immediate role will be. Zach Britton has been serving as Baltimore's closer.
Jun 3 - 5:11 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) isn't expected to return from the disabled list until June 9.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he misspoke when he stated previously that Hunter could be ready when first eligible on June 5. The reliever threw a successful bullpen session Sunday and needs a couple rehab appearances before being activated.
Jun 1 - 1:11 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) will throw a bullpen on Sunday to help determine if he will be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible on June 5.

This will be Hunter's first salvo of pitches from the pitcher's mound since going on the disabled list on May 22 with a strained left groin. If all goes well, Hunter will play in two rehab games. June 5 remains the target date for his return. The right-hander had been struggling in the closer's role prior to his injury, posting a 6.06 ERA with three blown saves in 16 1/3 relief innings.
May 31 - 2:38 PM

Tommy Hunter (groin) could return from the disabled list when first eligible on June 5.

Hunter has thrown on flat ground for four days and should throw from the bump soon. The reliever lost his closer job before going on the disabled list, but there's a chance he could get it back at some point, making him a worthy stash if you're searching for saves.
May 29 - 7:30 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he hopes Tommy Hunter (groin) can return from the disabled list when first eligible on June 5.

Hunter has had groin issues in the past that have resulted in lengthy DL stays, but the O's are hoping they caught the injury before it got too bad. "Knowing the history with Tommy, Tommy’s been out for, I believe, as long as two months with this in Texas," Showalter said. "He actually had one [possible DL stint] that we actually backed off on, I think, later in the year last year, but because we had enough pitchers, we kind of moved around it. But like Chris Davis [with his oblique injury], we were hoping to catch this in the infancy of what could be a lot worse and try to rectify it in the DL period."
May 23 - 8:59 AM

Orioles placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Hunter will likely be sidelined for three weeks. The O's closer has posted a rough 6.06 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings this season, so maybe the rest will help. Zach Britton could be Baltimore's go-to option in the ninth inning for a bit and should be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 22 - 3:23 PM

When asked whether Tommy Hunter would close if there is a save situation Wednesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter replied, "I don't know yet. We'll see"

Showalter was also noncommittal about his ninth inning situation after Hunter blew his third save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers. Hunter is tied for the American League lead with his 11 saves, but he also holds a 6.60 ERA and 1.87 WHIP. Darren O'Day and Zach Britton would be options for saves if Showalter decides to go away from Hunter.
May 14 - 11:30 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Nick Hundley
3Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Steve Pearce
2B1Jonathan Schoop
SS1J.J. Hardy
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1David Lough
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Nick Markakis
DH1Nelson Cruz
2Delmon Young
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Ubaldo Jimenez
3Wei-Yin Chen
4Bud Norris
5Kevin Gausman
6Johan Santana
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Ryan Webb
6T.J. McFarland
7Brad Brach
8Preston Guilmet