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September 19, 2012

Josh Hamilton (vision), Adrian Beltre (abdomen) out Wednesday

Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre will not play Wednesday, leaving the Rangers without their No. 3 and No. 4 hitters during a key series against Anaheim that falls during the pennant race.

Both MVP candidates have seen specialists today, and the Rangers are hopeful they will return for the finale Thursday. But general manager Jon Daniels also said that they won't know how serious the problems are until they get medical tests back.

Hamilton continues to be bothered by vision problems. The Rangers used the term "sinus issues" when he left the game Tuesday, but Daniels said that no sinus infection has been found. Hamilton has complained more of an inability to focus than blurred vision.

The Beltre news comes as more of a surprise. He left Tuesday's game early after the Angels had pulled into a comfortable lead, but the assumption was he was getting the rest of the night off. No medical update was given on him after the game.

Daniels said that the Beltre injury is not related to the previous intestinal injury he had earlier in his career that required surgery.

"You don't like this to happen ever," Daniels said. "This time of year you have a limited calendar to get guys back."

Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, though, appears to be OK after bruising his right knee in the fourth inning Tuesday.

-- Jeff Wilson


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