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Josh Hamilton out of the lineup again Monday following intestinal virus

Jun 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game tonight after being hospitalized Friday with an intestinal virus. The good news, at least for the Rangers, is that he appears to be close to returning.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Hamilton participated in an early workout this afternoon, which included shagging flyballs and taking batting practice. It shouldn’t be much longer, but Leonys Martin will start in his place in center field this evening against the Padres.

Hamilton, is hitting .330/.390/.674 with 22 home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.064 OPS this season. Adam Dunn passed him for the major league home run lead over the weekend, but the impending free agent still leads the majors in RBI.

  1. icanspeel - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    You don’t hear this often from the opposing team’s fans, but Padres fans were looking forward to seeing him play in Petco.

    • pw38 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Well I think regardless of what the fans admit they always want to see the best player from the other team. Baltimore fans were very understanding of history when they cheered him for his 4 homer game. You might not like the other team but why would you not want to see their best players? Talent is talent and while I might not want to see the other player have success against my team I can always appreciate their skill as a baseball fan.

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