Rangers’ Hamil­ton has bro­ken ribs

Los Angeles Times - - Baseball -

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.

Etc.

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.

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