Mike Hampton = Carl Pavano

2 comments April 4th, 2008at 06:43pm Posted by Eli

Heh heh heh…

Mike Hampton is headed back to the disabled list after hurting himself in pregame warm-ups Thursday night, preventing him from making his first start in almost three years.

Hampton, scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 19, 2005, strained his left pectoral muscle while warming up in the bullpen before Atlanta’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was seen grimacing after throwing a pitch.

“It’s the toughest thing I’ve had to deal with,” Hampton said. “Having to step off the mound and say ‘I just don’t want to do it,’ it’s definitely a tough pill to swallow.”

Hampton said he tried to “push through it a few times” before giving up on the attempt to make the start after repeated questions from pitching coach Roger McDowell.

“I’ve never stepped off the mound and said ‘Here’s the ball,’ ” Hampton said.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Hampton’s first 23 warm-up pitches were “excellent.”

“Then it started grabbing him,” Cox said.

“It’s unbelievable something else could pop up like that but it did. … He felt it a little bit the other day tossing the ball and we didn’t think much of it, to be honest with you.”

Added Cox, pointing to his chest, “Most pitchers never get something in here but it was one of those strange deals and he couldn’t go.”

Hampton will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will be called up from Triple-A Richmond and will be available on Friday.

As a Mets fan, I’m not real fond of Mike Hampton or the Braves, so perhaps I am not as sympathetic as I should be…

Entry Filed under: Sports

2 Comments

  • 1. Ol'Froth  |  April 4th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    METS?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • 2. Eli  |  April 4th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    What? I’m from New York, remember?


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