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Hamilton released from hospital after bout with pneumonia

Jan 16, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

Rangers Hamilton slides on the grass after diving and catching a ball hit by Giants' Schierholtz during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

All is well with Josh Hamilton.

According to John Blake, the vice president of communications for the Rangers, Hamilton was released from the hospital this afternoon after a five-day stay because of pneumonia.

The illness never got too serious and Hamilton only remained in the hospital for more than a couple of days so that his recovery might be accelerated.  The 29-year-old has another month to gain back any strength that he lost and should have no trouble getting back to 100 percent by the time spring training opens.

Hamilton posted a spectacular .359/.411/.633 batting line, 32 home runs and 100 RBI in 133 games for the Rangers last year, winning MVP honors in the American League.  He should be a monster again in 2011.

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