The Rangers made the decision Tuesday to shut the outfielder down for the final week of the season since he is still troubled by the pinched nerve in his back."
"It just won't go away, so we decided to just let him go on and get his treatment and hopefully get it well," Washington said of the pinched nerve in Hamilton's back. "No activity, just rehab. Then he'll go into his winter program and get it stronger and be ready for spring training."
Hamilton said he knows exactly what he needs to do to stay healthy.
"I need to find a cure for running into walls," he said.
The Rangers Mailbag saw its season come to an end Monday morning in Anaheim with a bad break, literally and figuratively. Doctors say the Mailbag will be ready to go during spring training, and maybe a postseason edition can come to fruition in a few weeks.
For now, though, hold off on sending any questions over the final week of the season, which will again test the character of the team now that it has been eliminated. A big thanks to everyone who participated this season -- especially the two Joes, from Weatherford and Amarillo; Patrick from Haltom City; and Chip from Houston. It's nice to see the fan base get riled up as the Rangers show the first signs of becoming playoff contenders.
Michael Young returned to the Rangers lineup Monday night, but Josh Hamilton did not.
Young was penciled in at third base, hitting in his customary third spot but manager Ron Washington said Hamilton is still having residual pain in his back from an irritated sciatic nerve.
"I didn't want to put him in there and have to pull him back out," Washington explained. He said Hamilton would be available as a pinch-hitter, however.
If you're wondering why the Rangers just don't shut Young and Hamilton down for the season, you're not alone, but that's not how baseball players or even teams look at things. You and I may figure the inevitable is coming, maybe as soon as tonight, but players play to the last breath.
"My reason is that I'm a professional baseball player and this game is on the schedule," Young said. "My role on this team goes beyond hitting and catching a groundball."
Both trainer Jamie Reed and assistant GM Thad Levine, who is on the trip, said doctors have cleared both Young and Hamilton to play if they feel like it.
"Both guys want to help this team win," Levine said.
Nelson Cruz does as well, but he was not in the lineup, despite hitting his team-leading 33rd home run Sunday in Texas. Washington opted instead to start Hank Blalock at DH, rookie Julio Borbon in left and David Murphy in right.
The north lawn at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will be the site of the All Aggie Hullabaloo as well as yell practice Friday night. There will be a concert by Max Stallings and Roger Creager from 8 until 11. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children. At 11:15, the gates will open for yell practice, which lasts from midnight until 12:30 a.m. All parking for both events is free. Gig 'Em.
Free agent to be Marlon Byrd continued his solid season by being tabbed the American League player of the week. Byrd hit .320 with two doubes and seven runs scored. Three of his eight hits last week were homers and he had 11 RBI.
Manager Ron Washington said he stuck with Frank Francisco after his walk to Evan Longoria in the ninth inning because he's the team's closer. Ben Zobrist followed the walk with a two-run single to tie the game. Washington then put Neftali Feliz in.
Washington also said he went with Julio Borbon against Lance Cormier with two outs in the ninth because he liked the matchup better than using Josh Hamilton. He also let Andruw Jones hit against a right-hander inteh eighth inning instead of going with Hamilton. Hamilton said after the game he felt great.
And if you're wondering how Chris Davis felt after the game, the answer is awful. It was his error with two outs in the eighth inning that started the spiral. "I missed a routine ground ball and that's the game," the classy Davis said.
The third baseman said unless something dramatic happens between today and tomorrow, he'll be in the lineup against the Angels. He'll play third base, and the Rangers will shift Chris Davis to first. Manager Ron Washington is still undecided on who will DH.