In August 2007, an article by John Perrotto revealed the strange story of Pirates prospect Clayton Hamilton (it appears that Perrotto’s article has been since removed, so here is a link to Pat Lackey’s take on the issue). In 2006, Hamilton was diagnosed with an oblique injury. He spent time on the disabled list, rested over the offseason, attempted to return to the mound in 2008, and finally had some tests done in Bradenton. At that point, Hamilton discovered he had been playing with broken ribs.
From Perrotto's article:
"For the past year, I kept wondering if I didn't have something more wrong with me than a strained muscle," Hamilton said by phone from Bradenton earlier this week. "It just didn't seem right that the injury never went away. Sometimes, it would hurt worse than at ot...
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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.