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June 28, 2011

Rangers Hamilton fine after pair of dives

Any concerns about the ribs or arm of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton may have been put to rest Tuesday night.

The 240-pound Hamilton put his body through on-the-job training with a pair of dives in centerfield. He came up with one of the two catches, but more importantly, was feeling fine after the game.

Hamilton, who missed six weeks because of a broken right arm, missed a catch in the fifht inning on a fly ball by Clint Barmes. Hamilton said after the game that he "alligator armed" that attempt, thinking about the old injury. That wasn't the case in the sixth when he robbed Carlos Lee of extra bases on a diving attempt going to his left.

"I kind of alligator armed the first one because I knew I was going to hit the ground hard and I didn't give it a full extension," he said. "After the second one, I told him (C.J. Wilson) to have them hit the ball closer to me. It was a good night. It was a fun night."

When Hamilton returned from the disabled list in May, he said he wasn't going to approach the game any differently. Tuesday proved that.

That's exactly what manager Ron Washington expected

"That's the way you play the game," Washington said. "If he doesn't do what he did out there, you never know what's going to happen in the game. He had to make a great play and he did."

- Anthony Andro

 

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