Rangers’ Hamilton has broken ribs
Outfielder Josh Hamilton hopes to return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup before the end of the regular season despite tests Tuesday revealing that he has two broken ribs.
Hamilton, who leads the major leagues with a .361batting average, hasn’t played since crashing into a wall while making a catch Sept. 4 at Minnesota.
“There’s really no difference in the treatment for it, whether they’re broken or just bruised,” Hamilton said in the clubhouse before the Rangers’ game against the Angels in Anaheim. “It’s mostly just good to have confirmation of why I was in so much pain. Now we can take care of it the way we need to, and do it as quick as we can.”
Hamilton has 31 home runs — one shy of his career high — and
has driven in 97 runs in 130 games.
Infielder Felipe Lopez was released by the St. Louis Cardinals a day after he was late arriving for a game against the Florida Marlins. … The Chicago Cubs say that outfielder Tyler Colvin remains in stable condition in a Miami hospital after part of a broken bat punctured his chest during the second inning of a game against the Marlins on Sunday. Colvin was standing at third base when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo’s broken bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored. The Cubs don’t know when Colvin will be released from the hospital. … The San Diego Padres have hired former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch as vice president of professional scouting. Hinch was fired by the Diamondbacks on July 2.