Reax: Hamilton's right knee bothering him

July, 31, 2010
7/31/10
1:12
AM CT

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said Friday that he was dealing with right knee tendinitis and that he felt it during batting practice. It's the same tendinitis he has fought through at times this season.

Hamilton was moved from center to left field in the fifth inning after the knee was giving out on him in the field, and he was lifted in the seventh to rest it. He wants to see what the Rangers' training staff thinks, but hopes to get a cortisone shot -- his second of the season -- in the knee. Hamilton still hopes to play Saturday and he was walking around the clubhouse just fine. It's probably going to be something the team must monitor carefully to make sure he's OK for the stretch run.

"It was hurting before everything started [Friday], the batting practice and everything," Hamilton said. "The pain part doesn't bother me, it's the giving out on me. I don't want to be out there, especially in center field, an important spot in the field, and if I can't go get a ball, we need to put somebody out there who can."

Hamilton, who has 23 home runs and 75 RBIs, has played through the tendinitis at various points this season. He said the knee also started to bother him in some of his later at-bats. He noticed it the most as he came in to play a hit by Alberto Callaspo in the fourth.

So we should know more on Saturday. Normally players wait 24 hours after taking an injection to play because of the worry of infection. But because Hamilton has had various shots in his knees, he hasn't had an infection issue and thinks he could get a shot and still play. Stay tuned.

Other reax:

* RHP Tommy Hunter didn't make any excuses for his first poor performance of the season. He allowed eight runs on eight hits Friday, including two home runs. "I couldn't hit my spots," Hunter said. "I didn't throw very good pitches. I missed in the middle of the plate and they took advantage of it."

Hunter said the ball he barehanded in the first inning didn't have anything to do with his outing. "I was fine after a few pitches," Hunter said. "I just didn't throw well."

Hunter allowed the two home runs and has now given up eight homers in his last five starts, though most of those have been solo shots. In fact, Juan Rivera's three-run homer was the first three-run homer Hunter has allowed this season. The bottom four of the Anaheim order had six of the eight hits that Hunter gave up.

Washington said Hunter's breaking ball wasn't as sharp as usual and that it missed in the zone too often. "I certainly thought we'd get more than three innings out of him, but that happens sometimes," Washington said.

* SS Elvis Andrus had one of his better nights at the plate. He had his second four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

* While the Cristian Guzman trade isn't official yet, he's expected to wear No. 12 when he arrives in Texas (which should be some time Saturday).

* OF Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a solo home run in the fourth.

* 3B Michael Young and Washington said the club expects to win games when it scores seven runs. "They did a good job not allowing us to add runs late in the game," Young said. "We respect every team in our division and we know they will fight. But we have to worry about what's going on in this clubhouse and focus on improving."

* Saturday's game is one hour earlier, 8:05 p.m. Dallas time, and we will have a live in-game chat here on the blog as usual.

* The club has to decide what roster moves to make with the addition of Rich Harden to the 25-man roster and Cristian Guzman's arrival. Doug Mathis would seem the logical move for Harden. But the other one could come down to Joaquin Arias and Andres Blanco. Stay tuned for that.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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