Jason Hammel SP CHC 3 Months

Hammel agreed to a contract with the Cubs on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

The terms of Hammel's contract are unclear at this point, but he will head back to Chicago after a brief playoff run with the A's in 2014. Over 108.2 innings with the Cubs last season, The 32-year-old posted a 2.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 104 strikeouts. Although his numbers dipped with the A's, he still finished with respectable overall numbers, and will look to recapture that success again with the Cubs in 2015.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 Months

Hammel had a strong outing on Thursday, allowing only one run after six innings against the Rangers.

After a tough start to his career with the A's, Hammel has been very effective recently. Since August began, Hammel had appeared in nine games (eight starts) with a 2.49 ERA in 50.2 innings with 42 strikeouts. He only has two wins due to the A's extreme struggles on offense in that time period. Hammel will be a free agent heading into 2015 and should get a lot of attention from teams after his 2014 campaign.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 Months

Hammel (personal) returned from paternity leave Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Following the birth of his child over the weekend, Hammel will rejoin the Oakland rotation and take the ball Thursday against the Rangers. Hammel hasn't pitched as well as the Athletics had hoped when they acquired him July 4, as he's gone just 2-6 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 12 outings (11 starts). However, if he's able to deliver a strong showing Thursday and help the Athletics close in on clinching a playoff berth, he'll likely be able to generate some more goodwill.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 Months

Hammel pitched three innings of scoreless relief in Thursday's loss to Texas. He scattered three singles and struck out four.

Hammel will miss his scheduled start over the weekend to attend the birth of his child, so he was used in relief Thursday, after Sonny Gray lasted just five innings. The plan as of now is for Hammel to slot back into the rotation on September 25, but check back later to confirm.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 Months

Hammel (personal) will likely slot back into the rotation Sept. 25 against the Rangers, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Hammel will leave the team after Thursday's game to attend to the birth of his child, opening the door for Drew Pomeranz to face the Phillies on Saturday. The expectation is that Hammel will rejoin the team after the weekend and take his next turn Sept. 25, in what may very well be his final start of the season.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 5 Months

Hammel's next start will be pushed back, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Hammel would have been in line otherwise for the A's final game, which could have big playoff implications, obviously.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 6 Months

Hammel allowed three runs over five inning while striking out six on Friday night against the Mariners.

Hammel gave up two solo homers which hurt his cause, but was fairly effective in his outing. He only threw 78 pitches because the A's needed to pinch hit for him in the sixth after losing their DH when the DH, Derek Norris, had to go into the game to catch. After a tough start with the A's, Hammel has been quite strong his last seven starts, allowing more than three runs only once. He will next toe the rubber on Thursday against the Rangers.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 6 Months

Hammel pitched well on Sunday, allowing only two earned runs over 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts.

Hammel had a shutout through six innings, but tired in the 7th inning, allowing both his runs and was not able to finish the inning. After a rough start to his A's career, Hammel has now allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts and looks to have solidified his spot int he rotation for the rest of the season. Hammel will next take the mound on Friday in Seattle.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 6 Months

Hammel won Monday against the Mariners as he pitched eight innings and allowed one run, three hits and one walk to go along with five strikeouts.

Hammel has had some struggles since being traded to Oakland, but he has allowed one run and pitched at least seven innings in both of his last two starts. He may be getting hot at the right time for the Athletics.

Jason Hammel SP CHC 6 Months

Hammel threw very well on Tuesday night against the Astros, allowing only three hits and one run over seven innings while striking out six.

Hammel got a no decision when Luke Gregerson blew the lead after he replaced him in the eighth inning. Hammel had been skipped last time through the rotation and appeared on the edge of maybe losing his rotation spot due to his struggles since joining the A's. This start will likely earn him a start the next time he comes up in the rotation, Monday at home against the Mariners.