Josh Hamilton seeing back specialist

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went to see Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, in Los Angeles on Monday.

He was not expected to be in Anaheim until around game time and the Rangers hope to know more at some point tonight. Hamilton has been bothered by bruised ribs since he crashed into the right-center field wall on Sept. 4. He tried to take some swings last Tuesday, but felt some pain and backed off. He has not attempted baseball activities since that day.

"It's something where we have to be patient," manager Ron Washington said. "Anything other than that would be speculating."

Washington said he would think Hamilton would need 20 to 30 at-bats before the end of the regular season to prepare himself for the playoffs. What if Hamilton isn't ready until right as the playoff start?

"If we make the playoffs and he's healthy, he'll have to figure it out in the playoffs," Washington said. "It's all about his health."