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April 12, 2011

Extent of Josh Hamilton's shoulder injury not yet known

X-rays on the strained right shoulder of outfielder Josh Hamilton ruled out a separation and dislocation, and the Rangers are awaiting the results of an MRI before they will know how long the reigning AL MVP will be out.

Those results will be revealed Wednesday morning.

Hamilton was wearing a sling after the Rangers' 5-4 loss to Detroit. He said he did not believe he should have been sent home by third-base coach Dave Anderson on a popup to the left of home plate in which no one was covering home plate. Hamilton dived to avoid the tag of catcher Victor Martinez and was injured when he hit the ground.

"It was just a stupid play," Hamilton said. "I definitely shouldn't have done it. They had a good angle to cut me off where I was going. It was a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play and I was listening. I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to go. Something is going to happen.' But I listened to my coach and I went."

Hamilton said he heard two pops from his shoulder during the play. He didn't need any assistance leaving the field, and he immediately went to the batting cage to test it out. After taking a few swings, he told manager Ron Washington that he couldn't continue.

A stint on the disabled list is a possibility. Hamilton avoided the DL last year, even though he missed much of September with fractured ribs. He endured two DL trips in 2009 after bruising ribs at Toronto and suffering a sports hernia after hitting the wall at Rangers Ballpark.

-- Jeff Wilson



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