Josh Hamilton strains shoulder
Josh Hamilton can be reckless as a baseball player. At 6-4, 240, he runs like a much smaller man and that makes him a special talent. But on Tuesday afternoon, Hamilton try tried to slide head first in third base. Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge fell on top of Hamilton as he tried to apply the tag.
Hamilton left Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning with a strained right shoulder and is being evaluated.
He later attempted to score on a popup in foul territory down the third-base line. Hamilton slid hard at home on his chest but was tagged out by Victor Martinez.
Hamilton may have sustained the injury at third or at home. It’s unknown how he sustained the injury. He was holding his right hand behind his back as he headed to the dugout and was attended by a trainer.
Hamilton started the day off as the designated hitter and was replaced by Ian Kinsler, who was given the day off.
Hamilton is considered one of the best all-around players in the game. He was scheduled to have Wednesday off and the Rangers do not play Thursday, before facing the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in a three-game series.
Last year’s AL MVP was batting .333 and has now hit in eight straight games after his triple in the first.
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