TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Hammel bounced back from a short, frustrating outing against Boston last Friday with a solid 5 1/3-inning start against the Yankees in Thursday's 4-3 win.
Hammel allowed two runs on five hits -- including a no-doubt homer -- and a hit batter over 5 1/3 innings. After needing 59 pitches to get through two innings against the Red Sox in his last start, Hammel cruised through Thursday's outing on 89 pitches.
"I definitely tired in the last one from a 40-pitch inning, but to get into the sixth was obviously the goal," Hammel said. "I wanted to finish it, but being smart and just shutting it down where I was. It feels good to get stretched out.
"Pretty much everything I was working on, I was pretty happy with. The results were good."
Hammel said he was pleased with his pitch execution Thursday night, particularly as he worked on using his two-seam fastball more often. Aside from a second-inning homer from Raul Ibanez that "probably went 900 feet," Hammel said, he used the pitch effectively against the Yankees.
Hammel responded to that "900-foot" homer by inducing three quick groundouts from Andruw Jones, Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez. While Hammel admitted he didn't want to show too much against an American League East rival in Spring Training, he said he was happy to face a Yankees lineup full of most of their everyday players.
"You're always worried about overexposure early, but I think we got just about the right amount," Hammel said. "Got to see their boppers and pretty much close to their 'A' lineup, and I was very happy with the way it went."
Hardy: 'No chance' he starts year on DL
SARASOTA, Fla. -- J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder Tuesday to help alleviate nagging discomfort in the area, but the shortstop said Thursday that there's "no chance" he'll be sidelined to start the season April 6.
Hardy took off Wednesday and said he would do the same thing on Thursday. He last played in Monday night's game against the Pirates and is hoping to play on Friday.
"There's nothing structurally wrong with [the shoulder], it's just taking a while to get over the hump," Hardy said. "Every year -- I've said it before -- I've had it and it goes away the first couple of weeks of spring. This year, it's just taking a while. So we are just basically kind of taking it easy, and hopefully a couple days off will get [me] over the hump and I'll be fine."
Asked if that meant the discomfort was worse than in previous springs, Hardy said that was not necessarily the case.
"It just wasn't going away," he said. "So it was kind of like, 'OK, we've got a week left until the season, I don't want to be dealing with this once the season starts. So if that's a good thing to do, then I'll do it.'"
As for him possibly starting the season on the disabled list, Hardy said there's no chance.
"Even the way it was this spring, I was playing through it," Hardy said. "I can play through that."
Hardy is hitting .278 with a .381 on-base percentage, a homer and two RBIs in 36 at-bats over 13 games. He reiterated Thursday he only feels shoulder discomfort when he throws at game speed and he said that it doesn't bother him at the plate.
O's designate Eveland, claim infielder Wheeler
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles designated Dana Eveland for assignment on Thursday afternoon and claimed Zelous Wheeler on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in a corresponding move.
The 28-year-old Eveland pitched Wednesday and said afterward he felt he was out of the competition for a spot in Baltimore's starting rotation. The journeyman, who has been with seven clubs, was shocked by the timing of his designation but understood the nature of the business.
"I felt like I could have pitched better," said Eveland, who was 1-2 with a 3.46 ERA in six games (three starts). "I don't feel like I did bad at all. It's a tough competition, but we've got guys who have to be on the team and I wasn't one of those guys. So I kind of had not much of a shot."
"I still think Eveland is a qualified Major League pitcher, but we did sign two lefties after we signed him," added Orioles general manager Dan Duquette. "He has been designated. Not a lot I can say about that until it gets resolved. ... He is a qualified Major Leaguer. He just hasn't quite found a home yet."
The move leaves the Orioles with three lefties in camp who could fill a bullpen role: Zach Philips, Troy Patton and Tsuyoshi Wada, although the preference remains for Wada to be a starter.
The Orioles acquired Eveland from the Dodgers at December's Winter Meetings and agreed to terms with him on a one-year, $750,000 deal later in the month. Eveland said he would accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk if he clears waivers, and while the team approached him about playing in Japan earlier this spring, he would prefer to keep his family in the United States.
Asked if there were more roster moves coming following Eveland's demotion, Duquette said the Orioles have had "some tertiary trade discussions, so we will see."
Wheeler, 25, has batted .271 with a .371 on-base percentage in five Minor League seasons. He's primarily a third baseman but has also played shortstop, second base and left field, and dabbled in catching in last year's Arizona Fall League. Duquette pointed out that Wheeler won't necessarily be the starting third baseman at Norfolk, however.
"He is a very good leader, and he has increased his slugging percentage last year by like 60 points. And he has good command of the strike zone," Duquette said. "His best position is third base, he is a good defender. And we were interested in him for his leadership capabilities, his on-base capabilities and his defense at third."
Manager Buck Showalter said shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and outfielder Endy Chavez (groin) will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers.
Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada threw a bullpen session Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said it went well. Wada's next step will be a start on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, when he will try to up his pitch count to 75. Showalter said it hasn't been decided whether that outing will be at the Major or Minor League level.
Showalter said Wada should be ready for the regular season on time if he can throw 80 or more pitches in his final spring outing.
After a 3-for-30 start to the spring, Matt Wieters has 10 hits in his last 13 at-bats, including a triple and a double Thursday night.
Reliever Pat Neshek tossed another perfect inning with two strikeouts Thursday night, bringing his streak to 4 1/3 perfect innings over four appearances dating back to March 17. For the spring, Neshek has allowed no runs, no walks and just three hits in 8 1/3 innings of work while striking out eight.
Nick Markakis (offseason ab surgery) played seven innings in right field Thursday night and felt good, Showalter said.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.