Clearly Mike Hampton is Made Out of Papier-mâché

Mike Hampton is out for a second straight season after electing to have surgery on his left elbow Tuesday to repair a torn tendon. He will strand the Atlanta Braves without one of their starting pitchers once again for at least six months.

The lefty had elbow ligament-replacement surgery performed by the same doctor late in September of 2005, before a healthy return this season was hampered by a strained left oblique this spring.

The 34-year-old went 5-3 in 12 starts for the Braves in 2005, struggling through the season with elbow pain. His best year came in 1999, when he went 22-4 with the Houston Astros; he's a career 138-101 with a 3.97 ERA over 13 seasons with 5 different clubs.

With Hampton lost for the season, Mark Redman, Kyle Davies and Lance Cormier are the team's top three options for the last two spots in the rotation behind veterans John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and youngster Chuck James.