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Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 9:06 pm
ST. LOUIS -- How bad is Josh Hamilton's strained groin?

"In all honesty, if this was the regular season, I'd probably be on the disabled list," the Texas slugger said Thursday afternoon before batting practice as the Rangers prepared for Game 2 of the World Series. "But we don't have that luxury right now."

It is a miserable time for the 2010 AL MVP to come up lame, but as Hamilton said several times during the conversation, "it is what it is."

No matter, he is in the lineup and batting third for the Rangers in what becomes a vital Game 2 after they dropped Game 1 to St. Louis here Wednesday night 3-2.

Hamilton said he suffered the injury about two months ago.

"It was right at the point when it first started where I could warm up" and loosen it up, Hamilton said. "Then there was a point where I couldn't.

"Now I'm at the point where, whatever."

The key, he said, is making adjustments.

"Square the ball up and just really not use my lower half," he said. "Because I can hit line drives."

The groin injury has robbed him of his explosiveness, he said, which inhibits his ability to put the ball over the fence. He does not have a home run in 45 at-bats this postseason.

He said he feels his groin when he swings, "running and throwing ... whatever else baseball has. If I have to go from first to third, if I have to leg out a double, beat out an infield hit. ..."

Manager Ron Washington said Thursday that he has not considered removing Hamilton from the lineup.

"He's been dealing with it ... and he's come up big for us," Washington said. "You know, at this point of the year, we've all got nagging injuries. He had one, and he'll figure out a way to get through it, and we'll figure out a way to help him get through it."

Washington explained that "even if Hamilton doesn't do anything, he makes a difference just with his presence in our lineup. And I want his presence in it."

General manager Jon Daniels is on the same page as Washington.

"I think that's what this time of year is about," Daniels said. "It didn't start yesterday. He was hurting in Detroit and he played very well in Games 5 and 6. You tip your cap. He's playing hurt. It is what it is."

Hamilton batted .308 with five RBI in the six-game ALCS with Detroit. Four of his eight hits were doubles.

He estimated that he's somewhere between "75 and 80 percent" and added, "I'm comfortable playing at that level." Check swings also bother him to the point where a shooting pain goes through his groin that might last 15 or 20 minutes, he said. Or, severely inhibit his effectiveness in the rest of that at-bat.

As Daniels inferred, many players are playing in pain at this point in the season.

"You show up at spring training 100 percent, and it's a gradual decline after that," Michael Young told colleague Danny Knobler during the ALCS.

Hamilton acknowledged that his groin is getting progressively worse, and it seems it could be a race to the finish line between Hamilton and the Rangers' World Series run.

"We've got six games left," he said. "I'll do everything I can to be productive in the six games to help this team win.

"All I want to do is help my team win, anyhow. A sacrifice fly, whatever."

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:12 am

Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

lumpoco, list for us the half of the Rangers roster that has admitted to using drugs.  I'll be anxiously awaiting the 10-12 you come up with.

Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:25 am

Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

Lumpoco, I am not sure what failures you are talking about? He hit .293 in the ALCS and ALDS  with 5 runs and 7 RBIs. In the first game of the World Series he was held hitless, so was Andrus and Young, it happens. What was missing was power and he has explained why. Tonight Josh Hamilton came up big when he was needed and his sac fly set the Rangers on their way to their game 2 victory. He has been injured for 2 months and is doing his best to play and even at 75% that is valuable enough. We were listening to the Tigers injury woes in the ALCS and painting them, rightfully so, as a team that was fighting hard and doing it's very best. However, when it comes to Hamilton being in the same situation it is time to slate him? For no apparent reason, you mention his previous drug problems and those of the Rangers outfit. He has been to hell and back and deserves credit for getting his life together again. Meanwhile, I suppose you are a paragon of all that a good citizen should be and obviously have no problem telling everyone about it. <br />

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:40 pm

Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

It seems that Hamilton is always making excuses for his failures. If he can't fully function...then get a replacement. Do the Rangers think that Hamilton can be as effective as the gimpy legged Kirk Gibson who hit a game winning home run against the best closer in history while standing on only one leg. If they truly think that...then they must be high.....considering this is the Rangers you know that I'm not far off base. *In case you forgotten or did not know...about half of the roster has admtted to using drugs at one time or another*

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:26 pm

Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

So when he goes on a tear it's because he's so darn good and when they lose tight games, he's injured. I can't count the players that are injured and when eliminated get surgery for what ailed them.

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:05 pm

Hurting Hamilton says groin inhibiting him

Saw a Ranger fan post earlier complaining about some of Ron Washington's decisions. This one wasn't mentioned, but Hamilton is hurt, can't drive the ball and he's hitting third??? WHY? I understand he's a superstar and normally bats third, except, he's not normal now. He's hurt. So move him down the order.

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