Josh Hamilton to be examined in Philly

ST. LOUIS – Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will be examined by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia to determine the extent of an injury he self-diagnosed as a possible sports hernia during the World Series.

Dr. Myers performed surgery on Hamilton in 2009 to repair a torn abdominal muscle that kept the slugger out of the lineup for a month. Hamilton said he will take about a week to relax before making the trip.

Hamilton has dealt with the injury since the end of the regular season, although he initially described it as a left groin strain. He said he has not had any tests to determine the injury.

Friday night in St. Louis, Hamilton dealt with the sting of a second consecutive World Series defeat. He drove in the Rangers’ first of two runs in the opening inning of Game 7 against Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, but like the rest of the Texasoffense, Hamilton was shut down the rest of the way.

It is the second consecutive postseason that Hamilton did not play at full strength. Last season he entered the playoffs after missing most of September with cracked ribs.

After Friday’s season-ending 6-2 loss to the Cardinals, Hamilton said his devout faith allows him to see past the injuries and dwell on having to play the biggest games of his career with limiting injuries.

“I talk about my relationship with the Lord and I’ve been hurt the last two years in the playoffs. I could either be really resentful and mad, and grow apart from Him or I could be satisfied that He got me through it again and grow closer to Him. I’m not mad, I’m not upset. I did what I could do.”

Throughout the postseason, Hamilton played in obvious pain and the injury clearly zapped his power. He did not have a home run until his 66th postseason at-bat, a two-run shot for a 9-7 lead in the 10th inning of Game 6 in St. Louis.

At the moment, it looked like it would provide the winning margin and bring a first World Series championship to the franchise.

But, the Cardinals rallied and won the game in the 11th inning.

“What happens is supposed to happen,” Hamilton said.