Jose Valverde is heading to Miami to get a second opinion on his calf.
“He’s making very good progress, but his agent talked to (assistant general manager) David Gottfried (Tuesday) and asked if they had the ability to get a second opinion. And we said, ‘Yeah, by all means.’ We talked about him seeing a specialist here in Houston, but their preference was to see Dr. Uribe. I guess the agent has a familiarity with him. Our doctors feel that’s just part of the healing process of having an incision and having all that fluid drained. But (Valverde) just wants to confirm that through someone else. We’re wide open if a player wants a second opinion.”
In a scheduled move, Hampton might make his next start on a week's rest instead of four days. It's not normally advisable to throw lefties back-to-back, so in an effort to split them up, Cooper will give Hampton a few extra days to heal his soap-sliced hand.