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August 31, 2010

Josh Hamilton leads off pregame notes

Josh Hamilton will receive a shot of the lubricant Synvisc tonight after he serves as the Rangers' designated hitter and could see improvement in his aching right knee within a day. But manager Ron Washington said that he had previously scheduled a day off for Hamilton on Wednesday, so Hamilton will sit regardless of the shot's effects. Washington said he is not concerned about Hamilton and will wait until after the shot to see how Hamilton will be used the rest of the season. A third cortisone shot hasn't been ruled out, but the best thing the Rangers could do is clinch the division as soon as possible and give Hamilton an extended break.

Ian Kinsler and Cristian Guzman, who are rehabbing tonight in Oklahoma City, will join the Rangers on Wednesday and be activated from the disabled list. Washington, though, said that Kinsler will not be in the starting lineup until Friday at Minnesota. At least one pitcher at Triple A will join Kinsler and Guzman, and catcher Taylor Teagarden will come up Friday. 

Right-hander Scott Feldman has left Kansas City for a rehab assignment with Oklahoma City. He will pitch Wednesday behind Dustin Nippert, who will start and throw three innings in his final rehab outing. Feldman tested his right knee Monday with a bullpen session, and Nippert should join the Rangers on Friday after dealing with the effects of taking a line drive off his head July 19.

-- Jeff Wilson


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