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Josh Hamilton has played through groin injury “for a while”

Oct 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Josh Hamilton moved gingerly as he got to second base on last night’s extra-inning double and afterward the reigning MVP admitted that he’s been playing through a groin injury “for a while.”

“My groin is sore,” Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “A lot of guys are hurting right now. That’s part of it this time of year. I’m fine. It just hurts a little more when I have to run hard.”

Hamilton has yet to make a big impact in the postseason, but made it clear that he has no plans to miss any time and has hit reasonably well so far, going 9-for-33 (.273) with four doubles in eight games.

And he’s started each of the four ALCS games in center field, so manager Ron Washington is obviously convinced the groin injury and pain that comes with running hard aren’t enough to make him a poor option there defensively.

  1. APBA Guy - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    It’s affecting his swing more than his defense. When he’s going good, Josh squats deep in the box before each pitch and use a lot of leg to add force to his swing. Right now he has a shallow crouch and his swing is a lot of arm, resulting in shallow line drives. Note his last HR was 13 games ago.

    As long as he can run flat-out and relatively straight he’s 90%. But when he has to stop suddenly, or slide, it looks like he feels it.

  2. leylandhater - Oct 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Nothing a little Coke and narcotics couldn’t make feel better.

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