Tom Szczerbowski/US PRESSWIRE
Don't panic yet.
This is the part where we talk many of you off the ledge after you heard about Josh Hamilton's knee injury Tuesday night.
Hamilton's left knee first started acting up after he dove for a ball against the Braves on Thursday. He felt it a bit before his first at-bat on Tuesday and aggravated it diving for another ball in the fourth inning. He was pulled from the game with inflammation in the knee.
He had been getting treatment off and on since last Thursday, depending on how it felt each day.
The major league RBI leader is going to be reevaluated Wednesday, but initial reports say that he is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list since there appears to be no structural damage.
"I'm all right," Hamilton told the team Web site. "Obviously, you go through a season having aches and pains, but we want to get it better before it gets bad."
The one concern is that Hamilton already had surgery on this knee twice in 2006, once in March and once in July. He will likely be out of the lineup at least for Wednesday.
Any prolonged absence by Hamilton will mean more playing time for both Marlon Byrd and Brandon Boggs in the Rangers' outfield, but for now it seems that Hamilton's fantasy owners have dodged a major bullet.
Gary Sheffield, Tigers
Sheffield was activated from the DL on Tuesday and was back in the DH spot, hitting seventh. He launched a two-run home run off the Cardinals' Braden Looper, giving hope that his oblique issues are behind him.
Troy Percival, Rays
While Percival got the save with a no-hit inning and a strikeout, he did walk four batters, loading the bases and forcing in a run. Percival has been less than lights-out in his past three outings, allowing runs (though one unearned) in each and needing 23, 24 and 31 pitches to earn the saves.
Felix Hernandez (sprained ankle) was doing much better on Wednesday, and though his next start may be pushed back a couple days, it looks like he will avoid the disabled list. Gerald Laird will miss four to six weeks with a severely strained hamstring. Max Ramirez will back up Jarrod Saltalamacchia during that time. David Ortiz may take his first swings on Wednesday as he starts to test his recovery from a wrist problem. Ian Snell will miss his next start due to an elbow problem but isn't expected to miss more than that. He should be on the bench in all formats regardless. Kelvim Escobar (labrum) is expected to make his first rehab start on Wednesday. Xavier Nady could return to the Pirates' lineup on Wednesday after suffering a bruised shoulder. Mark Kotsay (back) has begun his rehab assignment in Double-A and could be back by July 1. Edwin Encarnacion continues to be sidelined with back spasms, and a trip to the disabled list has not been ruled out. Hank Blalock's return to the Rangers has been delayed yet again after he bruised his hand diving for a ball Monday. He didn't play in his rehab game Tuesday and may still need a couple of games before he is activated. Shaun Marcum is expected to miss at least three weeks with his elbow injury. Milton Bradley's strained quad is about "80 percent" according to the team Web site, and he remains day-to-day. Joe Crede was a late scratch on Tuesday with back stiffness and is day-to-day. Miguel Batista will start for Erik Bedard on Wednesday, and a DL stint for Bedard is still a possibility.
"Talent-wise, you look at Josh [Hamilton] on the same basis that you do a Mickey Mantle, a Ken Griffey Jr., or players of that magnitude
For a big man to be able to run like that and be as agile as he is, he's a phenomenal player. He's fun to watch."
-- Nolan Ryan, as told to Jerry Crasnick Full Story
The Cubs put Reed Johnson on the disabled list with back spasms, and activated Daryle Ward. They also called up Sean Marshall, who started in place of Carlos Zambrano and allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Kazuo Matsui hit the disabled list for the Astros with a hamstring injury, and Mark Loretta is expected to get most of the starts in his absence. Matsui is expected back before the All-Star break. The Rays called up Ben Zobrist for some temporary backup help in the middle infield. The Marlins activated Josh Willingham from the disabled list, and he went 1-for-5 with an RBIs in his return to the lineup. With Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon both temporarily unable to play left field, the Yankees summoned 28-year-old outfielder Justin Christian from Triple-A. The minor league speedster went 2-for-4 with two RBI in his big league debut. He's not expected to have much value. The Twins activated Nick Punto from the disabled list, and he's expected to get the majority of time at shortstop going forward at the expense of Brendan Harris. Seeking an upgrade in the bullpen, the Giants called up funky sidearming righty Sergio Romo from Double-A, where he had been closing. Romo is expected to pitch in middle relief.
• Marlins third baseman Dallas McPherson went 2-for-3 with his 26th homer of the season at Triple-A on Tuesday, tying Brad Eldred for most in the minor leagues. He also stole two bases to give him seven for the season. McPherson is hitting .301 with a 1.094 OPS this season, but has also struck out 92 times in 70 games. Still, if the Marlins need additional help at the corners at some point, he would likely get a call.