Hampton suffered a strained left forearm at Los Angeles on May 14, exiting after allowing one hit in 2 1-3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory. The veteran southpaw threw a bullpen session on Sunday and Atlanta plans to activate him off the disabled list on Tuesday.
“I think he’s going to go,” manager Bobby Cox said.
Hampton is hoping to notch a second win this season against Washington after allowing one run and seven hits over eight innings in an 11-2 win on April 11. This is his first start at RFK Stadium.
The left-hander has had a history of success against the Nationals’ franchise, going 9-3 with a 3.24 ERA against it in 16 career appearances— including 13 starts.
John Patterson, who was activated off the disabled list by Washington on Monday, will oppose Hampton. Patterson has been out since May 15 due to lower back spasms.
Patterson was spectacular in his first start this season against Atlanta, yielding two hits in seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss on April 21. A two-out throwing error by shortstop Cristian Guzman in the ninth inning allowed both runs to score for the Braves and cost Patterson the win.
The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.
The Nationals also activated first baseman Wil Cordero off the disabled list on Monday. Cordero, who has had only four at-bats this season, has been sidelined since April 7 with a right knee injury.
Washington posted its second straight win, 3-2 in the series opener on Monday. The Nationals were aided by a controversial call in which an apparent homer by Brian Jordan in the seventh inning was ruled foul.
Jordan eventually grounded out.
“Nobody seemed like they saw it, and it’s a shame. We compete so hard and that changes the whole ballgame,” Jordan said. “It’s a 2-2 ballgame, and they took it away from us.”
Atlanta opened the season series against Washington with an 11-2 win on April 11, but has had trouble generating offense with only 11 runs in the five meetings since. The Nationals have won four of the last five matchups.