Mike Hampton threw four scoreless innings against the Nationals tonight in a return from tightness in his forearm. Hampton gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out one. The Braves apparently wanted to play it safe with Hampton, as he threw only 58 pitches even though he was not lifted due to injury. Baring a negative report on the forearm during the week, you’ll want him active versus the Pirates next start.
NEWS: June 1 STATUS: Day-to-day SKINNY: Hampton, who left his last start after four innings due to tightness in his pitching arm, feels he can make his next scheduled start, but the Braves say they will know more after a throwing session on Thursday, the team's official web site reports.
ROTOWIRE SPIN: Hampton said he may have been able to pitch through the problem in his last start, so perhaps this isn't too serious. Still any setback could land him back on the DL.
NEWS: June 4 STATUS: 15-day Dl SKINNY: Hampton returned to the 15-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his left forearm, five days after he lasted only four innings in his first start since missing more than two weeks with the same problem, the Associated Press reports.
ROTOWIRE SPIN: Making matters worse is that Hampton, who's been pitching great when he's not hurt, will miss a start Sunday against the Pirates. "Yesterday he threw great, but it hurts on every pitch he threw," manager Bobby Cox said Saturday. Not a good sign, and when asked how long he expects Hampton to be out, Cox said, "Two weeks for sure."
Jun 7 Updating previous items, Paul Newberry, of the Associated Press, reports Atlanta Braves SP Mike Hampton (forearm) is due to visit Dr. James Andrews in Alabama after an MRI exam taken on his sore left forearm indicated a previous, undiagnosed injury.
Jun 22 Hampton's injured forearm has not shown any improvement after the prescribed two weeks of rest and there is no timetable for his return. "I don't think it's something minor," Hampton told the team's official web site. "I'm frustrated. All I can do is hang out, do what they tell me to do and have them pay me not to play."
Recommendation: He may begin light throwing this week, but it sounds like it will be several more weeks before he's able to return, if not longer.