X-rays negative on Josh Hamilton
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hasn't played since bruising his ribs after crashing into the outfield wall in Minnesota last week, isn't sure when he's going to return to the lineup.
The majors' leading hitter hasn't attempted any baseball-related activities since a light throwing session Tuesday, when he felt pain in the strained muscle in his left rib cage.
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Hamilton said he saw Keith Meister, the club's physician, again on Friday and all the X-rays performed on him were negative. If Hamilton still has pain in a few days, he'll probably undergo a CAT scan.
"I'm doing everything I possibly can to get better," said Hamilton, who has a .361 batting average with 31 homers and 97 RBI on the season and is considered a strong MVP candidate. "I'll see a chiropractor in the morning and see if he can move some things around."
Hamilton said every other issue -- he mentioned his ankle, knee and shoulder -- feels better, except the ribs. He still considers himself day to day and he wants to return as soon as possible, but he hasn't taken a swing with a bat since the injury, and the only throwing session was the one on Tuesday that was cut short.
He didn't attempt to put a timetable on his possible return, but he doesn't appear close.
"For me, there's always urgency," Hamilton said. "I want to be in there and help the team finish out the season and get to the playoffs. I'm not going to count on that we're going to make it. We've got to battle and fight through the rest of the season to get there. I'm not taking anything for granted."
Hamilton said the affected area is more of a "broader" one than last year, when he was on the disabled list with a similar problem that was relegated to a smaller area.
The outfielder doesn't want to have any big setbacks, and he considered the throwing session Tuesday a setback. He said he could wake up in a few days and feel better and if so, he'll go through some baseball activities and get ready to play.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said when Hamilton returns is largely up to the player.
"We obviously don't want to hurt him," Washington said. "He tells us he can't do it right now. He'll let us know when he can."
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