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Josh Hamilton has been sick for the past two weeks

May 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

Josh Hamilton AP

Josh Hamilton left last night’s game in seventh inning and afterward manager Mike Scioscia told reporters he was “a little lightheaded.”

Hamilton clarified things this morning, telling Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times: “I was not lightheaded. I was just sick.” In fact, according to Hamilton he’s been playing through an illness for the past 10 days and has been taking antibiotics since Saturday.

Hamilton has hit .200 with 10 strikeouts during the past 10 days, although he does have two homers and four doubles for a solid .486 slugging percentage. He was slugging below .300 before the sickness started.

  1. kjericho43 - May 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Josh swallowed his chew.

    • woopiecushion - May 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      I asked my 18 year old daughter what Hamilton’s problem as a hitter is. Yes we live in Dallas! Her reply, can’t lay off the ball down and away. Do we think opposing pitchers are aware of this fact?

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I think you mean months, 2 months

  3. MyTeamsAllStink - May 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Of course he was sick.Hes a darned excuse machine Hes got reasons for everything

  4. jpack1974 - May 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Yep, coming from a Rangers fan who still loves Josh, that dude ALWAYS has an excuse for playing bad.

  5. jeffa43 - May 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    His hitting approach makes baseball fans sick….

    Over 60% of the time he swings at the first pitch. (stats inc)

    So much for quality/professional ab’s. Hope kids are not watching.

    • djpostl - May 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      He swings and misses 42% of the time on top of that.

      Dude can rake when he gets hot but how good could he be with a more patient/deliberate approach at the plate?

      • jeffa43 - May 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        It sure goes against any Teddy Ballgame strategy. What I do not understand is why they don’t insist he change his approach, at least to mess with the scouting report.

        With the first pitch stat and swing and miss situation now stretching from May to May, how do you not make adjustments? Seems a little selfish. He should be willing to change for the better of the team.

        Take a few more pitches, only swing if it’s inner half or something. I don’t know what is the correct path, but the same approach over and over is not working. He is too good, for this to go on for a year.

  6. lewp - May 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Seriously, just a continious supply of excuses……

    So glad we (Rangers) got rid of this guy.

  7. paperlions - May 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    So….yeah, remember how so many people were thinking that the Rangers had a horrible off-season after “losing” out on Hamilton and Greinke and trading MY? Well, how’s that “horrible” off-season working out for them?

    • jeffa43 - May 14, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Wonder if replacing a clubhouse personality of Hamilton with Mayor Berkman had anything to do with it….

      Ask any Astro fan, or the WS champ Cards.. Berkman is the best… He learned from Biggio, Bags and Alou.

      • paperlions - May 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        I’m sure it didn’t hurt, loved him on the Cardinals….but they are also just a deep and talented team….Berkman hitting .286/.412/.454 isn’t hurting either.

      • pw38 - May 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        sunshine, energy drinks, chew, being sick. Always an excuse…

  8. crackersnap - May 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    So the first 6 weeks he was not sick, and sucked. Then he gets sick, and decides that the club needs that level of play out of him so bad he must play through his illness, even though it means he will suck. Possibly even worse.

    Now Angel fans everywhere are hoping he gets better, so that he can return to that earlier level sucking.

    And for this we are supposed to feel empathy?

  9. rcali - May 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Have fun with that Angels!

  10. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    “60% of the time, he strikes out every time!”

  11. badintent - May 15, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Josh is sick from all the booing he took at Texas. Guy has the backbone of a snake.

  12. fukpittsburgh - May 15, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I feel for the man. It’s gotta be tough to play ball when going through withdrawals.

  13. jessethegreat - May 15, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Sounds like THE BOTTLE FLU to me. Or is there some kind of “needle” or “crack-pipe” flu I don’t know about?

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