Braves LHP Mike Hampton will have major elbow surgery next week and miss the entire 2006 season.
Hampton, 33, will undergo the procedure Monday in New York, where he was examined last weekend by Dave Altchek, the Mets' team doctor.
Altchek will perform the surgery.
"The expected return is 2007," Atlanta GM John Schuerholz said. "Recovery from the arm surgery takes about a year. And if you try to do anything short of that, it's not appropriate."
Hampton endured an injury-plagued season that included four stints on the disabled list.
"His back was the biggest problem when he was throwing here," Manager Bobby Cox said. "His elbow felt good. Then, all of a sudden, his elbow went haywire again, too."
* PADRES CRUSHED: Matt Holliday hit two homers for Colorado in its 20-1 shellacking of the Padres in Denver. His eight RBI were a career high, the most in the NL this season, and tied the franchise record. The Rockies tied their franchise record with 20 runs and also tied the Yankees -- 20-11 winners over the Devil Rays on June 11 -- for the most runs in the majors this season.
"Nobody got hurt," Padres Manager Bruce Bochy said, trying to find a bright spot. "We got knocked out early in the first round."
* GRUDZIELANEK HURT: Cardinals 2B Mark Grudzielanek sprained his right ankle in a collision last night with the Reds' Javier Valentin at first base while running out a grounder.
Grudzielanek, who has missed games in the last month because of a sore back and knee, was listed as day-to-day.
-- From News Services