Notes: Pitcher Hampton retires after 16 seasons

March 27, 2011

DIAMONDBACKS: Veteran left-hander Mike Hampton has retired after 16 major league seasons, ending a bid to earn a roster spot with the Diamondbacks. Hampton announced his decision Saturday, saying in a statement that he had the passion to continue but that physically "it was just time to shut it down." The often injured Hampton was 148-115 with a 4.06 ERA in 419 games.

METS: Backup catcher Ronny Paulino is being shut down for a couple of days because of concerns over the results of blood tests. General manager Sandy Alderson said doctors want Paulino to not exercise until results come back but did not identify the doctors' concerns. … Carlos Beltran said his left knee feels good after he played the field for the first time this spring. He played five innings in a minor league game without discomfort, giving the Mets hope he'll be ready for Opening Day.

ASTROS: Astros shortstop Clint Barmes has a broken left hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Barmes was hit just above the wrist by a pitch from the Yankees' Ivan Nova on Friday. Tommy Manzella was called back up from the Triple-A roster just two days after being sent down. He was the Astros' Opening Day shorstop last season.

EXTRA INNINGS: Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva has been told he will not be on the team's 25-man roster. GM Jim Hendry announced that Andrew Cashner will be the club's fifth starter, leaving Silva without a spot. Hendry said Silva would be offered a minor league assignment, but Silva said there was "no chance" he would report to Triple-A Iowa. … The Yankees completed their rotation, tabbing Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia as starters and putting Bartolo Colon in the bullpen.

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