Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced during an early-evening conference call that outfielder Josh Hamilton will miss the next six to eight weeks after suffering a small, non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone in his right arm.
Hamilton will go on the disabled list, and Chris Davis will take his place on the roster. Daniels said that David Murphy will become the Rangers' starter in left field while Hamilton is out. Though Hamilton can start swinging a bat again in four weeks, the Rangers are preparing for him to miss eight weeks.
Hamilton was injured while trying to score from third base on a popup that Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge caught about 60 feet from home while no one was covering the plate. Hamilton said he was sent by third-base coach Dave Anderson. Hamilton took off as Inge relayed the ball to catcher Victor Martinez, who tagged out Hamilton as he dived to score.
"The combination of the size and the athleticism puts him at risk, but I would want him to continue playing that way," Daniels said. "I look at this at a unique deal. How many times had he dived head-first?"
The fracture was so small, said Daniels, that it didn't appear on initial X-rays taken Tuesday afternoon after Hamilton was injured while diving head-first into home plate on a play he would later describe as "stupid."
An MRI exam was performed, and the results were sent to Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. He found the fracture just below the shoulder. Hamilton said he heard two pops during the play. He was wearing a sling after the game and said he felt a dull pain.
-- Jeff Wilson