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Hampton injures left forearm
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10/07/2004 10:25 PM ET
Hampton injures left forearm
Starter leaves in seventh after impressive outing
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Mike Hampton leaves the field in pain after experiencing tightness in his left forearm during the seventh inning. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Braves southpaw Mike Hampton left Thursday's 11-inning win over the Astros in the seventh inning with tightness in his left forearm. He says the injury is minor and that he'll be available for his next possible start or appearance.

"I've had it a couple of times before," Hampton said. "I know how to deal with it. It just stiffened up on me and I got a little cramp."

After throwing his first two pitches of the seventh inning, Hampton exited with the injury, which he believes could have been caused by dehydration.

There's a chance Hampton could be used in relief if needed in Game 5 of this National League Division Series, which is slated for Monday. His next start would come in Game 1, if the Braves advance to the NLCS.

Hampton said he felt no discomfort in his knee, while limiting the Astros to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Thursday. This was his third start since he tore cartilage in his left knee on Sept. 11.

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

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