ARLINGTON, Texas – It was clear Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was hurting during the 2011 World Series. On Thursday, Hamilton revealed the extent of his injuries, which required offseason surgery.
Hamilton said three of his adductors, which help pull the knees and thighs together, were detached in his left leg.
“My fourth one was about the pop and I had a torn abdominal muscle,” Hamilton said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Thursday night as he made an appearance at the Texas Rangers Award Show. “I was hurting pretty bad. I was doing everything I could do to play the best I could, save my bullets as far as if I hit a ball hard or got a hit, do the best I could to run. If I had to score from first, just suck it up.
“I was in pain there at the end of the season, more than people realize. But we get paid to play, especially in the playoffs.”
After hitting .307 with five RBIs in the AL Championship Series, Hamilton was 7-for-29 (.241) with a homer (the tenth inning of Game 6) and six RBIs in the World Series as he played with the injury.
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, had surgery earlier this offseason and said he was walking two miles one day later and running the week after that. He’s now working out with teammates at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and feels good.
“It was an easier recovery process than I thought it would be,” Hamilton said. “I’m in full workouts at the stadium. I’m not behind at all.”