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ATLANTA -- Shortly before game time on Thursday, the Atlanta Braves were forced to scratch left-hander Mike Hampton from his starting assignment against the Pittsburgh Pirates after the veteran lefty strained his left pectoral muscle during warm-ups. He is listed as day-to-day.

Roughly 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, Atlanta made the decision to pull Hampton from the start. Umpires allowed Atlanta a 10-minute delay around 7:10 PM EST, when play was originally scheduled to begin, in order to ready a new pitcher for the start. Right-hander Jeff Bennett will get the nod.

Though Bennett pitched two thirds of an innings in Atlanta's 10-2 victory on Wednesday, he is the only Braves reliever with starting experience at the Major League level.

Grant McAuley covers baseball for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. For more, click here.

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