Sampson to pitch through tear in hip
Astros reliever believes injury occurred on first pitch of year
HOUSTON -- An MRI exam of Chris Sampson's right hip revealed a small tear in the labrum, but the right-handed reliever is not expected to miss time with the injury.Sampson underwent the MRI on Monday and was unavailable for the game against the Reds that night. He also received a cortisone injection to dull the pain. Sampson said he probably first suffered the injury after throwing his first pitch of the season, on April 7 vs. the Cubs. He was injured fielding a ball from Lance Berkman on a Reed Johnson push bunt. Sampson has had a couple of incidents that have reaggravated the injured area, including a play on Saturday that caused him to step awkwardly on the bag while making a play at first. "I'm going to pitch through it," Sampson said. "It's nothing serious. You can pitch through it. I just have to make sure it's not bothering me enough to where I have to alter my mechanics to get through it. Right now, we've got it wrapped. I got a cortisone injection to calm the pain and swelling. "I was down [Monday], got the injection, and today felt kind of jelly-like. [Wednesday], I should be A-OK, ready to go."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.