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Josh Hamilton visited specialist in Los Angeles for rib injury

Sep 21, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since bruising his ribs crashing into the outfield wall on September 4 and Richard Durrett of reports that the MVP candidate visited a specialist in Los Angeles yesterday to get another opinion on the injury.
Hamilton has been completely shut down since experiencing pain while trying to take some swings last Tuesday, receiving a pair of cortisone shots during that time. Ron Washington declined to comment on Hamilton’s status because “that would be speculating.”
Texas’ big cushion in the AL West means they can play it very safe with Hamilton with an eye toward simply having him healthy for the playoffs. Plus, while filling in for Hamilton over the past two weeks David Murphy has hit .397.
Hamilton leads the league in batting average (.361), slugging percentage (.635), and OPS (1.049) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.414) and fourth in homers (31) despite missing 19 games (and counting).

  1. CM_Wang - Sep 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    You need to talk about injuries like those enlightened football fans: “Josh is out with a rib.” “Josh has a rib” is also acceptable.

  2. Michael - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    That’s a pet peeve of mine as well; is it really all that difficult to say “rib injury”? Unfortunately, I’ve heard this popping up on MLB broadcasts as well.

  3. John_Michael - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    The best way to fix a rib, or a few of them, is with a good dry rub with kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, paprika and cumin as the primary ingredients. Smoke ’em indirectly over a hickory slow burn for a few hours, then give them a bbq sauce, with a good mix of apple cider vinegar, baste near the end of the afternoon. By this time you’re a few beers in and a good fixin’ of ribs falling off the bone is just what the doctor ordered.

  4. IdahoMariner - Sep 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    between this and the andrew bailey comment, you are on a roll today. thanks for the randomness.

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