Stan's Rodeo Cream heals Campillo

Stan's Rodeo Cream heals Campillo

ATLANTA -- About the only knock on Jorge Campillo's impressive beginning in the Braves' starting rotation has been his inability to pitch deep into games.

But with a steady application of Stan's Rodeo Cream, the blister treatment that has been making its rounds in the Braves' clubhouse over the past month, Campillo is hopeful that Tuesday's start against Marlins right-hander Burke Badenhop will buck that trend.

"I'm just going to try and do the same thing," Campillo said. "I'm trying not to look back."

The converted reliever is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in three starts this season, but he has logged just 15 innings in those appearances. Nagged by recurring blisters on his right index and middle fingers, Campillo has cut his past two starts short.

The callus on Campillo's right middle finger opened up during his start on Thursday against the Brewers, and he was forced to leave the game after the fifth inning.

"It feels good," Campillo said of the blister. Braves manager Bobby Cox also said that Campillo's blister has healed with various ointments and therefore shouldn't be a problem during on Tuesday.

Campillo, a 29-year-old right-hander, has provided a stabilizing force in the middle of the Braves' rotation. He was in line for his third win in as many starts if he had pitched the necessary five frames on May 24 against the Diamondbacks.

Campillo has allowed one run on nine hits in three starts this season. The lone run came Thursday on a Russell Branyan home run, which also snapped Campillo's 20 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

Despite a less-than-overpowering fastball, Campillo has struck out 16 batters in three starts. His array of pitches recently drew comparisons to former Braves star Greg Maddux, who has baffled hitters with precise location and movement for 23 years.

Campillo is not the only Braves pitcher to have been affected by blisters on his pitching hand. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes had one on the tip of his index finger, but it has since healed. Jair Jurrjens also has a painful one on the inside of his right thumb that affected his last start. Each has used Stan's Rodeo Cream to heal the blister.

Pitching matchup
ATL: RHP Jorge Campillo (2-0, 0.99 ERA)
Campillo has allowed just one earned run and nine hits in the 15 innings that he's totaled since becoming a starter on May 20. The 29-year-old right-hander has shown precise control and the ability to succeed without overpowering stuff. The fifth-inning homer he surrendered on Thursday was the first run he allowed in a span of 20 1/3 innings. Campillo has battled a blister on his right middle finger that has caused him to exit the game early in both of his past two starts.

FLA: RHP Burke Badenhop (1-3, 6.75 ERA)
A couple of off-days meant the Marlins could tinker with its rotation. Each time, Badenhop was the starter pushed back. As things shook out, the right-hander ended up going 11 days between appearances. When he threw 1 1/3 innings of relief on Friday at Philadelphia, it was his first appearance since a May 18 start, where he tossed three innings in a loss to the Royals. The first batter Badenhop faced was Ryan Howard, who homered. Badenhop then retired the next four he faced. This will be his eighth Major League start, and 10th appearance. On April 24, the 25-year-old gave up six runs in five innings in a loss to Atlanta.

To make room for John Smoltz on the active roster, the Braves optioned reliever Phil Stockman to Triple-A Richmond. Stockman had allowed one hit in 4 1/3 innings. ... Cox said center fielder Mark Kotsay's sore back hasn't improved. He is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on June 10. ... Third baseman Chipper Jones went 3-for-3 with a homer against Badenhop in their first meeting on April 24. Jeff Francoeur also had a double off him.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Braves (Tom Glavine, 2-2, 4.56) vs. Marlins (Mark Hendrickson, 7-3, 5.27), 1 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Braves (Jair Jurrjens, 5-3, 3.45) vs. Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 5-3, 4.48), 7 p.m. ET
• Friday: Braves (Tim Hudson, 7-4, 3.01) vs. Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 6-3, 4.65), 7:30 p.m. ET

Ryan Lavner is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.