Nursing a tender left shoulder and dealing with a pair of aging knees, Hampton was forced to miss his start Wednesday against the Marlins.Injuries have forced Hampton to leave his past two starts early. His most recent start was on Aug. 13 in Florida. He exited after five innings with the strained shoulder. The 36-year-old had to leave his Aug. 8 start after two innings with a right knee sprain. He was later diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus in the knee. He received cortisone injections in both his knees at that time. Hampton is 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts this year. Paulino will be back in an Astros uniform on Wednesday. He is 2-6 with a 7.28 ERA in 15 games, including 11 starts, with Houston this season. He posted a 3.12 ERA in seven starts at Round Rock this season. Astros manager Cecil Cooper said right-hander Brian Moehler would be the likely candidate to make the start on Saturday.
Jason Grodsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.