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Braves’ Hampton Back On DL

If anyone had “during his first start” on the “Mike Hampton to the DL” pool, you actually just missed. If you had “during the warmup pitches before his first start,” you got it dead on — collect your year’s supply of scrapple.

Hampton has a strained left pectoral muscle — it happened during those warmup pitches. Says manager Bobby Cox:

“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.”

It was a question in itself whether Hampton could pitch through an entire season. He hasn’t started since 2005. Now he’ll go on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 30. Jo-Jo Reyes will take his place on the roster and Chuck James will take his place in the rotation.

Tough blow for the Braves, but you know, this wasn’t too much of a reach.

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