Friday, April 4, 2008

Say it Ain't So...Mike!

The Atlanta Braves are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of a 3 game set at Turner Field in Atlanta Thursday evening. Not a big deal, especially this early in the season, except for one reason; Mike Hampton is scheduled to make his first start for The Braves in more than 30 months - yes, 30 MONTHS! We count down to 'T minus 5 minutes and counting' and Mike Hampton is scratched from his start. What? Not again. What else can happen to this guy? This time it is reported to be a strained left pectoral muscle, so back on the DL we go. The Braves were/are counting on him to be an integral part of the rotation this year. They need Mike Hampton to be on the mound every 5th start. He had a very good spring in Florida and all signs pointed to MH being back. Yea, he's back. Back on the 15 day disabled list. I realize the guy can't help getting injured and I know he wants to be out there again badly, but at what point do the Braves toss in the towel with him? If I'm not mistaken, his contract runs out this year, so that may be when the towel come off the rack. Management's patience is rivaling that of the Cubs with Pryor and Woods. It once was said of the Braves: "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain". Now it might become: "Glave and Huddy, where's your Buddy?"

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