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Josh Hamilton given two cortisone injections in ribs

Sep 17, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

Josh Hamilton hasn't played since September 4, when he crashed into an outfield wall at the Twins' Target Field and suffered a bruised ribcage and shoulder. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers took a drastic step earlier this...

Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since September 4, when he crashed into an outfield wall at the Twins’ Target Field and suffered a bruised ribcage and shoulder. 

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers took a drastic step earlier this week toward getting him back on the field, injecting the area of his ribs with two cortisone shots. 

Hamilton is hoping to feel improvement by Saturday and is hoping to return to the Rangers’ starting lineup by early next week.  He was batting an MVP-worthy .361/.414/.635 with 31 homers and 97 RBI over 507 at-bats before the sudden injury.  The 29-year-old has also shown excellent range in center field, registering a 9.3 UZR/150 according to the great FanGraphs.

The Rangers have a massive 10-game lead over the A’s in the American League West, so they have no real reason to rush Hamilton.  But it would be nice for him to get back in the groove of playing every day before the first week of October.

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