Josh Hamilton: 'You suck it up'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said, just before walking into the interview room at Tropicana Field, that he felt better on Tuesday. That's certainly a good sign. He was asked about his ribs during his media availability today.

"Nobody is 100 percent right now," Hamilton said. "That puts things in perspective for me. I'd be lying to you if I said it doesn't hurt. But it's mind over matter."

Hamilton said he's wearing padding underneath his jersey, just like he did over the weekend in Arlington. It's to give him at least a little protection if he dives for a ball or hits the wall. He jokes those were things that could happen.

"It's just that time of year," Hamilton said. "You suck it up, you get after it, because I want to be in there for me teammates. I want to be in the lineup. I've been there most of the year with them through everything we've gone through together to get to this point. It hasn't happened in 11 years, so I would definitely love to be out there with them, and I'm going to be out there with them."