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Spring notebook: Hampton says he feels '100 percent'
Rain spoils Saturday practice
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Hampton said he feels 100 percent and isn't ready to retire anytime soon despite having started only 12 games in the majors in 2005 and missing all of 2006 and 2007 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Hampton has made eight trips to the disabled list since he was traded to Atlanta in 2002 with injuries to his left elbow, his back, his left forearm and his right calf.

His last effective season was in 2004 when he went 13-9 for the Braves with a 4.28 ERA, but he hasn't been the same since.

If Hampton makes it into the Braves rotation, that would give Atlanta four starting pitchers who have had 20-win seasons: Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Hampton.

Hampton seemed confident that the worst of his arm problems are over.

"My arms feels good, my back feels good and my leg feels good," Hampton said. "I feel like I am ready to go if it ever stops raining around here."

Hampton said that, at 35, and the third-youngest pitcher in the Braves rotation behind Smoltz and Glavine, he isn't ready to quit even if he has another setback.

"When I stop having a heartbeat, that's when I will be done," Hampton said. "The last two years were the toughest of my career, but I am not going anywhere."

Rainy day: The self-proclaimed "Happiest Place on Earth" was anything but happy for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

The Braves, who train at Walt Disney World, were hit with rain throughout the day and could only work out at the covered batting cages at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

Practice was scheduled for early afternoon, but, for most of the Braves, it meant a lot of standing around and waiting. Pitchers were able to stretch in the cages and a few got some swings in the batting cages, but it was a wasted day for most.

Tex ready: First baseman Mark Teixeira said he doesn't feel any pressure replacing departed Andruw Jones as the main power source in the Braves lineup. While Jones struggled with his batting average for most of the season, Teixeira gave the Braves 17 homers and 56 RBI in only 54 games after being acquired from Texas during mid-season.

He said he missed Texas, but dismissed rumors that he was interested in moving to Baltimore, close to his hometown of Annapolis, Md.

"All I am thinking about now is helping to get this team back to the playoffs," Teixeira said. "I built a life in Texas and I still live there, but this is my home now and I want to win in Atlanta."

Teixeira attended Georgia Tech.

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