Yada yada yada. Mike Hampton strained his groin muscle during his second outing of the spring yesterday. Summon the naysayers and the pundits to come and roast Mike Hampton about another injury.
You have to remember, Hampton hasn’t pitched in a major league setting in over two years. His body is going to show signs of that for a little bit and he’s going to have to get his body back into the shape it requires to pitch in a major league game. For now, these tweaks and strains are going to be expected. As long as his arm isn’t falling apart on the mound, there should be no reason to worry.
In response to the tender arms of Rafael Soriano and Peter Moylan (both of whom are said to only be experiencing normal soreness and/or inflammation for this time of year), it appears that Scott Thorman and others are being shopped in effort to shore up the bullpen after it was trimmed down a bit over the winter. I’d be surprised if you could get a bag of baseballs for Thorman but there are some others that could be exchanged for something worthwhile (guys like Martin Prado, etc.).
Jair Jurrjens appears to be the favorite to earn the fifth spot in the rotation after today’s not so sweet outing from Jo-Jo Reyes (5 BB in 2 innings). Buddy Carlyle and Jeff Bennett were similarly unimpressive.
It’ll be interesting to see how things continue to play out this spring. I’m ready for Opening Day.