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Josh Hamilton lost 10 lbs. to pneumonia last week

Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton‘s recent bout with pneumonia was actually kind of serious.

According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton dropped 10 pounds last week while battling the lung inflammation for five days in the hosptial.  The outfielder also told reporters on Friday that he’s only at about 90 percent health at the moment.

Hamilton has plenty of time to gain the weight back and work back toward 100 percent by the start of spring training.  And if he can’t get all the way there, he can simply focus on conditioning and weight lifting during the first portion of camp and then catch up with regular at-bats during the later part of the Cactus League schedule.  To put it plainly: he’ll be fine.

The 29-year-old won AL MVP honors last year by batting .359/.411/.633 with 32 home runs.

  1. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Curious if he smokes. I know a lot of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics turn to cigarettes. Hopefully that wasn’t the trigger.

  2. Richard In Big D - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    If you take 10% off of all the numbers posted here, you STILL have an MVP season most years. He’ll be fine, the Rangers will be fine, everybody’s fine…

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