Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with fracture

DETROIT -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will have to go on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone (top of the arm just below the shoulder) and the club expects him to miss between six and eight weeks. General manager Jon Daniels said Hamilton won't even swing a bat for a month.

The injury means David Murphy will see more time in the outfield and Chris Davis is coming up from Triple-A Round Rock. Mitch Moreland can play the outfield and is now the de facto fourth outfielder. Davis is not expected to play the outfield but would play primarily at first base.

Daniels, who admitted he hasn't seen the play yet because he's visiting the club's Class A team in Hickory, said he was fine with third-base coach Dave Anderson's decision to send Hamilton on the play in the first inning.

"I have absolutely no issue with Dave sending him," Daniels said. "We play an aggressive style of baseball. We run, we take the extra base. The chances of getting hurt on that play are minimal. I've encouraged Dave to keep being aggressive."

Anderson noticed the pitcher wasn't covering home plate on a pop up in foul territory by Adrian Beltre and told Hamilton to go. Hamilton wasn't happy and called the play "stupid."

Hamilton was tagged out by catcher Victor Martinez, who got back just in time to make the play.

“I listened to my third-base coach,” Hamilton said. “That’s a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. [He said],'Nobody’s at home, nobody’s at home.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t want to do this. Something’s going to happen.’ But I listened to my coach. And how to you avoid a tag the best, by going in headfirst and get out of the way and get in there. That’s what I did.”

Anderson said the club tries to take advantage of every opportunity they can to be aggressive and try to score a run.

“There was nobody covering home plate, so we tried to steal a run there,” Anderson said. “He made a pretty good play. That’s a tough play for a catcher, running away and shovel pass and try to tag a guy. There was an opportunity with two outs and we tried to take advantage of it.”

Anderson said just after the game that he hadn’t had a chance to talk the play over with Hamilton because the slugger was getting tests done. But Anderson said it was a play he would have tried with any of the club’s speed guys.

“You go to home plate and see what happens,” Anderson said. “He can run, so you take a chance.”

Anderson said he would have preferred Hamilton slide feet first on the play.

“I always want him to slide feet first no matter what he does," Anderson said. "You play this game long enough and I’ve gone through it too sliding headfirst and have had some injuries. Sometimes you can’t help it, your instinct just tells you to dive and try to get there. But most of the time you try to go feet first if you can to try to stay away from injuries.”