Josh Hamilton to see doctor

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

Dr. Meyers 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.

"You're always concerned when surgery is being brought up, but he had surgery in '09 and bounced back and won the MVP," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Maybe that will be the lucky surgery."

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 Texas offense, 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," Hamilton said. "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.

Jeff Caplan covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett was used in this report.