Hampton will decide soon whether he can pitch again in 2009
In a last-ditch effort to save his season, left-hander Mike Hampton on Monday underwent platelet rich plasma therapy, the same procedure Doug Brocail used on his injured hamstring earlier this year. Hampton has been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a left shoulder strain and has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff.
Platelet rich plasma therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from the body and spinning it for approximately 15 minutes, a step that removes unwanted components of the blood that are not primarily responsible for healing. What remains is an increased concentration of platelets, which are injected into the injured area.
Hampton had never heard of the procedure until recently, but decided to try it at the suggestion of team medical director Dr. David Lintner, who had seen it show positive results on football players with hamstring and ankle injuries.
“I’m just trying everything I can,” Hampton said. “What I can do I’m trying, and that was the next step. I think I should know something by the end of this road trip. If I can’t throw in the next six, seven days, it’s pretty much going to be tough for me to come back. That’s the reality of it.”
Hampton said if he doesn’t have better range of motion and less pain in the shoulder by the time the road trip ends Sept. 2, he’s going to opt for surgery and look forward to next year.
“The next thing will be the voodoo doll, the snake charmer or the witch doctor,” he said. “I’m open to anything. I would definitely explore the options and surgery would be one of them.”
Hampton, who is 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts this year in his return to the Astros, wants to play next year.
“I’ve reached my boiling point when it comes to injuries and surgery and stuff like that, but right now my intent is to continue to play,” he said. “I’m open to relieving. Forty innings is less than 200. I still like putting on a uniform. I’m doing everything I can to get back. Before the road trip is over, I’ll have a good indication if I’m going pitch again this year or not.”