OAKLAND -- Jason Hammel has known the Oakland Coliseum as a visiting pitcher. He’s happy to now get a chance to call it home.
The right-hander, obtained from the Cubs along with Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, met his A’s teammates for the first time Monday and threw a bullpen session. He’ll make his Oakland debut Wednesday night against the Giants at AT&T Park. But it’s the regular starts at the Coliseum that he really looks forward to after previous stops that included Colorado, Baltimore and Chicago.
“I’ve had Coors Field, I’ve had Camden Yards, Wrigley. It’s been all launching pads,” Hammel said. “I welcome the challenge to pitch in a fair ballpark for once.”
Hammel’s enthusiasm over coming to Oakland was similar to Samardzija’s. And he said he takes a similar mentality out to the mound as Samardzija, who threw seven innings of one-run ball Sunday to get the victory over Toronto.
Hammel said he was following the game during a cross-country flight to get to the Bay Area.
“I’m a fiery guy. I try to keep my emotions inside,” he said. “Our job is to go out there and look even-keeled. So I’ll do my best at that. I love the way Jeff plays the game. I feel like I do it the same way. Honestly, I think we got two great guys added to a great equation here already.”
Notes: Brandon Moss ,who missed two games with a sprained left ankle, is back in the lineup at DH on Monday. His MRI on Sunday showed no structural damage. … Josh Reddick (strained right knee) took batting practice and did full pregame activity for the first time since going to the D.L. for a second stint with his problematic knee. … In another injury update, lefty Drew Pomeranz (fractured non-throwing hand) was cleared to catch the ball for the first time with his glove hand, a big step in his recovery. Pomeranz and manager Bob Melvin both have said he’s likely to require a minor league rehab assignment eventually.