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Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup again

May 2, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton said, when he first hurt his back over the weekend, that he hoped he wouldn’t miss any time.  Well, he’s missing time: he’s out of the Rangers’ lineup for the third straight day as he sits for today’s daytime tilt with the Blue Jays.

This could be a blessing in disguise, of course. The Rangers are off tomorrow, so missing today gives him two more full days of rest. Plus, the Jays play on artificial turf and that is way harder on a fragile body than the grass will be in Cleveland come Friday.
  1. rkwhite321 - May 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Every single year. No fail. I love Josh and am glad he is with the Rangers, but the guy is as fragile as a glass vase.

  2. mariner425 - May 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Man I hope this doesn’t hurt his chances of signing a huge long term contract with Texas. Signed a Mariners fan.

  3. deathmonkey41 - May 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I’m guessing as an addict, there’s probably not a whole lot he’s allowed to take in terms of painkillers/ muscle relaxers, etc… Maybe Advil or the like?

  4. ratflop - May 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    It’s precautionary because of the artificial turf in Toronto. Happens from time to time, if a visiting team has a banged up player managers don’t want to take the chance of further injury on the hard turf in Toronto so they rest them where they may have played anywhere else (except Tampa). You could argue that the fans get hosed as they don’t see some of the players they hope to see when going to a game, in this case Josh Hamilton.

    Interesting though, is this arguably a competitive advantage for the Jays? Probably not, as it is likely more then offset by the fact that the Jays have to play 81 games on it. Either way, fans are hosed.

    I suppose this is a good time to rip on ownership for not putting natural grass at the Rogers Centre to begin with after all these years. It’s 2012 after all and it’s not like Rogers Communications is short on cash. Get ‘er done already!

  5. ezwriter69 - May 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    The man of glass… truly one of the great talents ever to play the game, but you have to accept he will NOT play more than 120 games a year max. The anti-Ripken. Who knows all the reasons, but at this point, it’s not debatable, the dude is a 120 game a year man… which to me means he is not an MVP or a HOF’er… part time players don’t qualify for either honor, imo.

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