X-rays on Hamilton's hand negative

Updated: March 16, 2010, 12:19 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton was hit on his left hand by a pitch from San Francisco Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and left the spring training game in the third inning Monday night.

The report from the training room was that it's a contusion on the outside of his left hand. Initial X-rays were negative, and he will be reevaluated Tuesday.

"It hit me in the meaty part of the hand and it hurt a lot, but the X-rays are negative, so I'll ice it tonight and see how it feels," Hamilton said. "I have to be smarter and play smarter. It's spring training. It doesn't mean anything. So there's no reason to take a chance."

Hamilton had already been scheduled to take Tuesday's game off, so he'll get at least a day to recover.

Hamilton skipped halfway down the first base line toward the Rangers' dugout before doubling over a few feet shy of the coach's box. He was replaced by Brandon Boggs, who stayed in the game to play left field. Hamilton had grounded out in his only previous at-bat.

Hamilton missed the early part of spring training with a bruised left shoulder, suffered when he fell down during popup drills on Feb. 24. Hamilton is batting .444 with one homer and two RBIs.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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