ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves say pitcher Mike Hampton will
have surgery on his left elbow tomorrow in New York and will miss
the 2007 season.
Hampton, who had Tommy John surgery on the elbow by Dr. Dave
Altchek in September 2005, visited Altchek today in New York after
experiencing more pain.
Altchek found that the 34-year-old left-hander has a torn flexor
tendon in the elbow.
Surgery was scheduled for tomorrow at 7 a-m.
Hampton made only 12 starts in 2005 and missed all of last
season. He is expected to be able to return to pitching activities
in six to nine months. That timetable means Hampton could return
for spring training in 2008.
Braves spokesman Brad Hainje says general manager John
Schuerholz will have no comment until after tomorrow's surgery.
Hampton signed a 121 (m) million dollar, eight-year contract
with Colorado before the 2001 season. He is 53-and-48 since
agreeing to that dead and is owed 14-and-a-half (m) million this
year and 15 (m) million in 2008.
Hampton went 5-and-3 in 12 starts for the Braves in 2005,
struggling much of the season with a sore elbow. His best season
was in 1999, when he was 22-and-4 with the Houston Astros.
After Hampton was hurt in spring training, the team signed
another left-hander, Mark Redman, who struggled in Friday's loss to
the New York Mets.
With Hampton lost for the season, Redman, Kyle Davies and Lance
Cormier are the team's top three options for the last two spots in
the rotation behind John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Chuck James.
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