Mets’ Hampton Leaves Game
NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Mets left-hander Mike Hampton left Thursday’s game against the Colorado Rockies with what was diagnosed as a strained left oblique muscle evidently suffered while he batted in the third inning.
Hampton grounded out to end the Mets third and began pitching the fourth by walking Todd Helton on a 3-1 count before throwing ball one to Jeffrey Hammonds. Then pitching coach Dave Wallace and the team’s training staff came to the mound and Hampton was removed from the game.
Hampton, 12-7, who had won his last four decisions, was making his 26th start for the Mets since being obtained from the Houston Astros in an off-season trade.
During the first three innings, Hampton allowed two hits and struck out four as the Mets built a 5-0 lead. He threw 40 pitches in the game, 24 of them strikes.
There was no indication from the team as to how much playing time Hampton might miss.