The disabled list is a place where we all wondered how long it would take Mike Hampton to land. I think most of us, however, bought into the fact that maybe he would at least make it through a pitch or two in the regular season. Nevertheless, we’ve lost him for at least two weeks, causing some roster shake-ups in the first week of the season.
During pregame warmups to make his first big league start since August 19th, 2005 last night, Hampton felt some tightness and discomfort in his left pectoral muscle on his 23rd warm up pitch. He tried to make a couple of more pitches before the Braves made the decision to scratch him to try to avoid further injury. Hampton apparently had a ton of family and friends in the stands to see his start. My question to them……Why?
Chuck James, whose shoulder has not been bothering him lately, is the likely candidate to fill the spot in the starting rotation. The Braves have also made the decision to call up Jo-Jo Reyes from Richmond to take the long reliever start; a move that I’m sure more than just I could agree would have been better filled by Buddy Carlyle. I’m far from high on Jo-Jo’s abilities to pitch in the big leagues yet. Maybe he’ll prove us wrong. Hopefully we’ll see Hampton back soon.
Tags: Chuck James, Disabled List, Injury, Jo-Jo Reyes, Mike Hampton
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