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January 11, 2011

Rangers' Hamilton hospitalized

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, the reigning American League MVP, has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

According to a press release from the team, Hamilton went to an area hospital Monday with early stages of pneumonia and is expected to be released today.

The release said Hamilton is expected to resume his conditioning and baseball activities in the next several days. Rangers pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training Feb. 16.

While Hamilton is only 29, it’s not unusual for someone of his age to get pneumonia.

“It’s an infection like anything else,” said Dr. Andrew Reubin, an emergency physician at Texas Health Fort Worth. “It tends to occur more in older people, but it can happen at any age.”

Reubin said depending on how early the pneumonia is caught, the timeline for his return to baseball activities is reasonable. Reubin said most people who catch pneumonia early are normally treated by oral antibiotics. Reubin said pneumonia can be a viral or bacterial infection, but a bacterial case the more common.

Hamilton, who is eligible for arbitration, won the batting title last season with a .359 average, with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs in 133 games.

- Anthony Andro


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