Hamilton may have root canal infection

Updated: March 17, 2010, 3:07 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was evaluated by an endodontist after the right side of his face was swollen Tuesday morning. The club said Hamilton has a root or gum issue and that it is being treated.

Hamilton will see how he feels on Wednesday before it is determined when he might play again. Hamilton's left hand, which was bruised when he was hit by a pitch on Monday, felt fine on Tuesday. X-rays were negative.

"It's tight, but it feels fine," Hamilton said Tuesday morning.

The slugger missed part of spring training with a bruised left shoulder, suffered when he fell during outfield drills on Feb. 24. Hamilton is batting .444 with one homer and two RBIs this spring.

In other injury news for the Rangers, second baseman Ian Kinsler continues to make progress with his high right-ankle sprain, but he's probably at least another week from returning.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the club expects Kinsler will get some game action in before the team breaks camp. Kinsler rolled his ankle last Friday morning during workouts.

Other updates:

• Pitcher Warner Madrigal's MRI exam was clean. He had complained of forearm soreness and the club wanted to get things checked out. He will go back on a throwing program and ease into a routine again.

• RHP Eric Hurley, who is on the 60-day disabled list, will have surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left (nonthrowing) wrist. The club expects him to be out 7 to 10 days.

• C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (shoulder) was fine after Monday's game and reported no issues.

• OF Endy Chavez (knee) still isn't doing much lateral movement, but he's throwing, swinging and running in straight lines and believes he's "a little ahead of schedule." The timetable probably remains at May or June for his return.

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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