When in Rome, Hampton struggles

Left-hander likely to rejoin Braves around the All-Star break

By Ryan Lavner / MLB.com | June 30, 2008 4:22 PM

ROME, Ga. -- Braves left-hander Mike Hampton allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits in three innings for Class A Rome on Monday in his third and most extensive Minor League rehab assignment.

Hampton, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 3 with a strained left pectoral muscle, struck out five and didn't come out for the fourth inning after reaching his 60-pitch limit. He showed no visible signs of discomfort.

Hampton allowed five singles in the third inning, four of which came on the first pitch. He threw 59 pitches -- 41 for strikes -- and didn't issue a walk.

Hampton allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings during two rehab starts last week in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He threw 30 and 45 pitches in those starts and reported no discomfort afterward.

The 35-year-old is on pace to rejoin the Braves some time around the All-Star break in mid-July if his progression through the Minor League ranks is without incident.

Ryan Lavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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