Update: Hampton visited Dr. Altcheck today, where it was discovered that he has a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow that will require surgery. Dr. Altcheck will perform the surgery Tuesday at 7:00 am in New York. Hampton will be able to return to pitching activity in between six and nine months, so needless to say we probably won't be seeing him on the mound this season.
After making an incredibly quick recovery from his oblique injury, Mike Hampton's road back to the mound took a big setback on Sunday. While throwing a bullpen session,†Hampton felt discomfort in his surgically repaired left elbow and had to abruptly end. He will go see Dr. David Altcheck, who performed his surgery in September of 2005†to see if there is any more structural damage. The best case scenario is that the discomfort is coming from scar tissue breaking off, which is very common in pitchers recovering from a ligament replacement. The only good news here is that this report came on the same day that Kyle Davies pitched a gem filling in for another injured starter.
Lance Cormier also tested his injury with much better results. Cormier, who injured his triceps right around the end of spring training, threw 90 feet on flat ground†with no pain. The plan is for him to throw once more from flat ground and then move to the mound to test his injury before he comes off the DL. Good news, but here is the problem. Who goes down if Cormier is ready to come off the DL on Aril 15th when he is eligible? Kyle Davies would have been the obvious choice had he not gone 6 2/3 innings,†allowing four hits and two runs while striking out a career-high eight against the toughest lineup in the National League. Bobby said after Sunday's game that Davies would get plenty more starts if he kept pitching like that, which means†MarkRedman is probably headed to Richmond after a lackluster first start.