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Josh Hamilton, clearly in pain, goes 0-for-4 with a K

Oct 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EDT

World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball AP

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton told reporters this past weekend, after Texas had secured a World Series berth by taking care of the Detroit Tigers, that he has been operating at about 50 percent health this postseason due to a lingering groin injury.

After checking out Game 1 of the World Series, we’re thinking he’s hurting even worse than that.

Hamilton seemed to grimace in every at-bat during Wednesday night’s 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Cardinals, and he took an odd route on a David Freese flyout in the fourth inning — allowing Lance Berkman to tag first base and advance to second.

When Hamilton then sent a rainbow throw to the infield, he gave the biggest cringe of the night.

The 30-year-old outfielder is batting just .267/.286/.378 over 47 plate appearances in these playoffs. His swing is off, and it’s not hard to tell that he feels the groin strain most when he tries to quickly twist his core — as one is required to do on all pitches, but most of all ones inside. The Cardinals know they can pound him in, and they’ll continue to do it throughout the Fall Classic. Hamilton was 0-for-4 on Wednesday with a strikeout.

Texas has a nice bench, especially under National League rules. If the three days of rest leading into the World Series didn’t heal Hamilton’s groin, and it’s a problem that is only going to get worse over the course of this seven-game set, it may be time for Rangers manager Ron Washington to make a monumental change.

  1. Kyle - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    I hate to say it because he’s an awesome player, but at the very least he should probably be moved to the 7 spot.

  2. Eternal Optimist - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Josh, I give you all the props in the world for gritting it out, but you can’t help if you are suffering as much as it appeared on TV. I think Texas needs to transition to the next man up. Even so, I wouldn’t mind it very much if you make me look like a fool by popping a couple tonight!

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