MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers are expected to be without two of their key players the next two days because of injuries.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton briused his ribs as he hit the right-center field wall making a catch in the third inning of Saturday's 12-4 loss. X-rays were negative and Hamilton is listed as day-to-day. Shortstop Elvis Andrus came out in the fourth inning of the game after complaining of tightness in his right hamstring. Manager Ron Washington said he plans to give both players the next two games off -- both day games.
Hamilton went back to catch Delmon Young's fly ball in the third and landed against the wall. Washington and athletic trainer Jamie Reed went out to the outfield to see Hamilton and he stayed in the game at that point. But he was lifted two innings later.
It's been a difficult injury week for Hamilton. Last Sunday, he felt pain in his right knee as he played against the A's. He was moved to designated hitter on Monday and Tuesday in Kansas City and then had a shot of Synvisc, a lubricant designed to relieve inflammation, after Tuesday's game. He was gven Wednesday off and was the DH on Friday in Minnesota. But late in Friday's game, Hamilton came out after a joint in his lower back "locked up" on him. He had it adjusted and felt good enough to play on Saturday in the outfield. That didn't last long after his ribs took a shot against the wall.
"It was like last year in Toronto, when my arm hit the wall and went into my ribs," Hamilton said. "I'm day-to-day right now. That's the way it's going to be. It will just depend on how I feel each day."
There's on DL this time of year, but the Rangers will monitor Hamilton carefully.