Someone needs to check out what the heck they're doing to Astros pitchers (I blame Tony LaRussa) at OCS. Mike Hampton is returning to Houston to have his heart shocked. Not kidding.
Astros lefthander Mike Hampton, whose promising career was stalled by multiple injuries since 2001, is returning to Houston today after some questions arose during an EKG exam.
"Hampton’s EKG the other day showed some little glitch ... we will do a procedure to shock the heart (Tuesday) and get it back in rhythm,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "From what I understand it’s not an uncommon condition, and it’s not an uncommon procedure that he’s going to go through. They cleared him to work out today without any problem. Other than the travel time back and forth between here and Houston we really don’t expect him to miss any time as a result of it.”
UPDATE: Hampton has an irregular heartbeat, and is not expected to miss much time.