3:22 PM EDT, Sat April 18, 2015

Jason Hammel wants to pitch 200 innings this season

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel is nearly ready for the regular season. If Sunday's third to last spring start is any indication he's definitely ready. "Everything is taking shape but I'm most happy with the fastball command," Hammel said after throwing 5 shutout innings against the San Diego Padres. "Miggy (catcher Miguel Montero) and I are starting to develop a little bit of a rhythm so that's nice." Hammel's fastball was humming just fine on Sunday as he struck out nine Padres, five of them looking.

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