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Hampton has oblique injury, will miss start of season

Updated: March 8, 2007, 5:28 PM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mike Hampton's comeback took a major blow. And, no, it has nothing to do with his reconstructed elbow.

The Atlanta Braves left-hander injured his left side during batting practice, of all things, and won't be ready for the start of the regular season.

Hampton, starting the seventh season of a $121 million, eight-year contract, will miss the rest of spring training and could be out as long as two months. The Braves had been counting on him to bolster a rotation ...

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