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Josh Hamilton day-to-day with left groin tightness

Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day after leaving last night’s game against the Rockies with left groin tightness. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, the good news is that it is not in the same area where he required sports hernia surgery last November.

The Rangers expect Hamilton to be ready for Opening Day against the White Sox next Friday, but they also conceded that he might “need a couple of days” to recover. The 30-year-old has averaged just 114 games over the past three seasons and is entering a contract year, so there’s no reason to risk a potential setback.

Hamilton has made four straight starts in center field, which is a sign that he’ll likely be shuffled back and forth between left field once again. The Rangers would obviously prefer to keep him in left as much as possible to avoid the wear and tear on his body, but neither Craig Gentry or Julio Borbon has made a compelling argument to start on a regular basis and Leonys Martin isn’t ready for the majors yet. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Rangers eventually go outside the organization for a part-time center fielder.

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Tebow is on his way to lay some prayer and hands on that groin.

    All will be well

  2. marzalmighty - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    It hath begun.

  3. ezthinking - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Reason 172 why that long-term contract isn’t coming.

  4. patg1041 - Mar 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Which coach is he going to throw under the bus this time?

    • zackd2 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Dude, he has blue eyes. Come on

  5. dcarr325 - Mar 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    As a die hard Rangers fan .. im very thankful for what hamilton has done with us … he is one of the best players in the league when he can stay healthy … but the thing is he cant stay healthy … i think the Rangers should trade him while he worth something before he becomes a free agent and get something out of it …. here’s a thought on a trade Hamilton , Harrison , prospects to Seattle for King Felix and bullpen left handed help

    • stex52 - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Trades of big names so soon? Maybe in July, but I don’t see it now. And King Felix may command a better price than that.

    • paperlions - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      That package is no where near enough for Felix. Hamilton has almost no trade value as he’ll be a high cost FA soon. Harrison is a nice middle of the rotation pitcher….neither of those guys resembles anything like the core components necessary to get a pitcher like Felix.

    • zackd2 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      So you won’t pay Hamilton cause he’s injury prone, so Seattle will take him and sign him while trading one of the top SP who’s already under contract?

  6. eastcoastblows - Apr 1, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Die hard rangers fans die hard

  7. wj4122 - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    If the dodgers go after him in free agency I will need to wear depends because I will be shitting myself! He is great but injury prone! Under old management I could see the dodgers wanting him…..hopefully Stan is smarter than that! And hopefully Ned is not in a position anymore to make that call!

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