Hampton lands on DL once again

Hampton lands on DL once again

CHICAGO -- After Tuesday night's 10-1 loss to the Cubs, the Braves announced that Mike Hampton will be visiting the disabled list for the fourth time this season.

Hampton, who was scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Wrigley Field, has been bothered most of this year with stiffness in his left forearm. But the club said his latest trip to the disabled list is because of an ailing back.

When he first went on the disabled list in mid-May, Hampton was bothered by his arm. He threw just 6 1/3 innings from May 14 through the All-Star break. He returned on July 17 for a disappointing two-inning performance against the Mets.

Two days later, after getting out of the whirlpool, Hampton began feeling stiffness in his back. He came back to throw five innings on Aug. 14, but after allowing a season-high seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings last Friday, he acknowledged that his back was sore.

In his two starts since last being activated from the disabled list, Hampton surrendered 20 hits and totaled just 8 1/3 innings. His ERA during that span was an eye-opening 10.80. When his injury problems began, his 1.96 ERA ranked third in the National League.

While making the announcement after the media had exited the clubhouse on Tuesday, the Braves added that Jorge Sosa will start in Hampton's place on Wednesday. Sosa, who has pitched out of the bullpen for the last week, is 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA in his 12 starts this year.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.