A frustrated Josh Hamilton said that he won't alter the way he plays in light of yet another injury, this one a broken right humerus (upper arm) bone suffered Tuesday on an aggressive play in the first inning.
"I get hurt making plays and playing the game of baseball," Hamilton said. "Maybe I should be a wimp. It's like kicking a dead horse. How else would I play?"
He said he hadn't spoke to third-base coach Dave Anderson, and hasn't changed his tune on the decision to try to score on a foul popup just to the left of the infield. He's aware that he essentially threw Anderson under the bus, but said he was just explaining the situation. "Dumb," he said. "People are going to blame who they want to blame. I threw him under the bus by telling the truth about what happened."
Manager Ron Washington said that he wants Anderson to continue to push the throttle and not be gun shy because Hamilton was hurt.
"We're not going to stop playing the game the way we play it," Washington said. "You think Dave is the only one that's happened to? Hell no. It's part of the game. We're not going to make them [the players] little wimps. We lost one. We're not going to go hide in a hole."
As for the Hamilton-Anderson disagreement, Washington didn't offer much. "He's got a right to feel what he feels, but I'm certainly not going to blame David," Washington said. "I think Josh has to live with what he said."
Anderson said that it's moot to discuss if he told Hamilton to go, but he did say that he told Hamilton to be ready to go. Anderson said that he doesn't believe that he will hesitate in the future because Hamilton was injured.
"That's not going to happen," Anderson said. "Injuries are part of the game, but part of the game also is being aggressive. The issue is he got hurt. If he doesn't get hurt, we're not spending a lot of time talking about it."
-- Jeff Wilson