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October 22, 2011

Josh Hamilton playing with sports hernia?

Josh Hamilton is the Rangers' starting center fielder for Game 3 of the World Series tonight and hasn't missed a postseason game even though he might need surgery after the season to repair a sports hernia.

No tests have been conducted to determine the extent of Hamilton's injury, which was first suffered in early September and aggravated in the final series at Anaheim. Hamilton said in St. Louis and again Saturday that he believes he has a sports hernia.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers will diagnose the injury and treat it as soon as the season ends.

"We've got three to five games left," Daniels said. "After that, even if that is the case, it doesn't change how we will handle it at this point. He says he's OK to play, doctors say they're OK if he's playing, he's out there in the lineup."

-- Jeff Wilson

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