Josh Hamilton was feeling better Friday night after leaving the Rangers' 5-1 loss in the fifth inning with lower back spasms, and the outfielder expects to be able to play Tuesday in the All-Star Game.
Hamilton said that the spasms alarmed him at first because they were located in a different spot than the spasms that cost him three games earlier this season. They were suffered as he broke back for a flyball that he ended up dropping for a three-base error.
He said the spasms were not the cause for the drop, but he didn't take his at-bat in the bottom of the inning. Hamilton had iced the back three times and had a massage scheduled for Saturday morning has he tried to play the Rangers' final two games before the All-Star break.
"I'm not worried as much about the All-Star Game as I am playing tomorrow and Sunday," said Hamilton, who received a single-year record 11,073,744 votes in All-Star balloting and was elected as a starter for the fifth straight year. "I'm already feeling better."
-- Jeff Wilson