Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton may have a sports hernia


Josh Hamilton was in the No. 3 hole and in center field on Saturday night despite his injury. (Chris Carlson/AP)
October 22, 2011

The Texas Rangers now believe the injury to outfielder Josh Hamilton, previously described as a strained groin, is actually a sports hernia, which could require surgery after the season. However, one thing has not changed: Hamilton intends to play the rest of the World Series.

“We’ve talked about me not being as aggressive [on the field], because it hurts when I’m aggressive,” Hamilton said prior to Game 3. “But I just have to go and play my game.”

Hamilton was in the Rangers’ lineup in his customary No. 3 spot and playing center field for Saturday night’s Game 3. However, the injury has obviously reduced his effectiveness. He went 1 for 5 on Saturday night and is hitting .245 this postseason with a .340 slugging percentage, and he has been held homerless in 13 postseason games.

“He’s less than 100 percent,” General Manager Jon Daniels said. “But he’s good enough to go.”

Hamilton previously suffered from a sports hernia during the 2009 season, which ultimately required surgery and cost him more than a month of the season. It remains unknown whether Hamilton’s current injury will also require surgery, but Daniels said it would be addressed within a week of the end of the World Series. . . .

Nelson Cruz’s fourth-inning homer Saturday night was his seventh this postseason, the most in a single postseason since Jayson Werth, then of the Philadelphia Phillies, hit seven in 2009. The record is eight, by San Francisco’s Barry Bonds in 2002 and Houston’s Carlos Beltran in 2004.

— Dave Sheinin

O’S HONOR ROBINSON: A statue of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has been unveiled outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Robinson and his wife, Connie, joined hundreds of fans at a ceremony Saturday to unveil the 9-foot-tall bronze statue on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street.

The statue depicts Robinson at third base preparing to throw out a runner at first base. A 41 / 2-foot-tall pedestal includes panels describing Robinson’s career.

Robinson, known as “Mr. Oriole,” played his entire 23-season career for the Orioles, retiring in 1977, and is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in baseball history.

— Associated Press

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