Hampton leaves early with shoulder strain

Hampton leaves early with shoulder strain

MIAMI -- For the second consecutive start, left-hander Mike Hampton was forced to leave a game because of an injury. Hampton lasted only five innings in Thursday's 9-2 loss to the Marlins and departed with a strained left shoulder after giving up six hits and three runs, including two homers.

Hampton, who is listed as day to day, plans on making his next scheduled start, but he will need to get some treatment on the shoulder, which began to stiffen in the second inning. He tried to pitch through it.

"My shoulder's a little stiff, and I pitched with it," Hampton said. "It was hurting from about the second inning on, but it's just one of those things. I'll just do some treatment and stuff and hope to get it to loosen up, but it's more stiff than anything."

Hampton, 36, left his previous start, on Saturday against the Brewers, after two innings with a right knee sprain, and he was later diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus after undergoing MRIs on both knees and receiving cortisone injections.

He said that his knees felt about as good as could be expected, especially considering he went 2-for-2 and ran from first base to third base once.

"My legs held up pretty good," he said. "Just a little old age catching up."

Because of Monday's off-day, Hampton will have an extra day before making his next scheduled turn in the rotation.

"I think in the next couple of days, we'll try to do some treatment and get it to loosen up, but I think I'll be fine," Hampton said. "I'm going to approach it like I'll make my next start. I'll just do treatment and get it taken care of and get to feeling better."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.