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Josh Hamilton says he’s playing at “50 percent” health

Oct 16, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness.

Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over the Tigers that he’s currently operating at “about 50 percent health.”

Hamilton has been battling a strained groin muscle for the past couple of months and is also carrying a number of other bumps and bruises. He has pledged to continue playing through the discomfort until the end of the Fall Classic, though, and should be helped some by the rest period between now and the start of the World Series on Wednesday evening.

Hamilton has hit .293/.311/.415 with zero home runs in 45 plate appearances this October, but he does have five doubles and seven RBI. The Rangers are getting enough power production from the rest of their lineup.

  1. metalhead65 - Oct 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    50 percent of Josh Hamilton is still better than 100 percent of edinson volquez! please fellow reds fans stop making excuses for this bum. if he has not got the picture by now he never will. reds got hosed in the deal plain and simple. no matter the reason for making the deal unless this loser wins a couple of cy young all of a sudden then it was a total bust for the reds.

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