Houston pitcher Mike Hampton, 37, announced last week that he will miss the 2010 season after having surgery on his left rotator cuff, his latest injury since signing an eight-year, $121 million deal with the Rockies in 2000. But don't count him out for 2011. "He's always fought back," said teammate Aaron Boone.
Left pectoral, groin
As he warmed up on April 4, 2008, for his first start since Aug. 19, 2005, Hampton strained his pec. He didn't return until July—and only after shaking off a groin injury that he picked up on a rehab assignment.
In November 2007 his Mexican winter season ended after one start; Hampton did a split on a wet mound and strained his hammy.
Back, left elbow
"It's pretty much been a nightmare season," Hampton said in August 2005 after his fourth trip to the DL—two for a herniated disk and two for forearm tightness. It got worse. In September he was told he needed Tommy John surgery, which shelved him for all of '06.
Oblique, left elbow
A bad swing in BP in the spring of 2007 led to a strained oblique. It healed, but Hampton later felt discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow, requiring another operation that knocked him out for '07.