Hamilton Out For Up To Two Months

By Off the BASN Wire
Updated: April 13, 2011

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Arlington, TX.—Texas have raced out to a quick start, winning nine of their first 11 games to start their 2011 defense of the American League pennant, but the baseball news at Betus isn’t good right now as the reigning league MVP has gone down for six to eight weeks on a play he deemed “stupid”.

Josh Hamilton is headed to the disabled listed due to a broken arm that he suffered while sliding headfirst into home plate of a 5-4 loss to Detroit on Tuesday, and Hamilton referred to the play as stupid after third-base coach Dave Anderson sent him home while seeing the Tigers chase a popup, leaving home plate uncovered. Hamilton says that he protested the call, but did it anyway even though he thought it was too aggressive. Anderson has responded by saying that he would have sent anyone to home plate in that situation, and that he prefers if the Rangers slide feet first anyway.

But this is a sign of a bigger problem, not to mention that Hamilton threw his coach under the bus. That isn’t even the largest part of this problem, but definitely one worth noting. It’s that Hamilton has been injury-prone throughout his career, and even last year, he cracked his ribs jumping into an outfield wall, the third time in his career that has happened to him. At least he returned in 2010 to lead the Rangers to the World Series, winning the ALCS MVP, and he was rewarded with a two-year, $24 million contract as Texas wanted to avoid arbitration. However, Hamilton can’t seem to avoid the disabled list, whether it is his fault or someone else.

Hamilton was .333 at the plate before his latest injury with no homers, seven RBIs and 10 strikeouts, and now he won’t be able to swing a bat for at least a month.

The Rangers will give more time to David Murphy in the outfield, and while he obviously doesn’t have Hamilton’s power, he is a lifetime .283 hitter and he is excellent in field. The Rangers should be fine without Hamilton; besides, they’re used to it.