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Josh Hamilton says back stiffness won't keep him out of lineup

Sep 4, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Josh Hamilton, who missed Wednesday’s game after receiving an injection for his sore right knee, was back in the lineup against the Twins on Friday. That’s the good news. The not-so-good? Hamilton left the game with lower back stiffness after connecting for a one-out single in the eighth inning, reports T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

“I never felt it until I came out of the box,” Hamilton said. “I got to
first and felt they better get somebody in there to run.”

Still, Hamilton plans on being in the lineup Saturday. In fact, he expects to play the outfield.

“I don’t see it being a problem,” Hamilton said. “I’ll be good to go.”

The Rangers enter play Saturday at 75-59, nine games up on the second-place Athletics in the American League West. Hamilton is going to keep pushing for now, but you can bet he’ll get a few days off once the Rangers wrap this thing up.

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