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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Notes: Josh Hamilton likely out Wednesday

By Richard Durrett

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Manager Ron Washington said his plan is to give Josh Hamilton the day off on Wednesday, which means he would get two days of rest with the off day Thursday. Washington said he planned on doing that before the road trip began.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine said the club will inject a lubricant called synvisc into Hamilton's right knee. It's not an anti-inflammatory. The last time Hamilton had that shot was in April and he saw some improvement.

Levine said how much improvement is gained depends on the individual, so it could get him through the final month (or two) of the season or a week or two. So the club will wait and see.

Other notes:

* The club has until 11 p.m. Dallas time to make a waiver-wire trade if they want that player to be eligible for the postseason roster. The biggest need would be a right-handed bat and one that preferably plays first base. But a right-handed bat would help a lineup with many lefties. The club has shown interest in Reed Johnson, Jeff Francouer and Ryan Spilborghs (among others) and the name Mike Lowell keeps floating around, though the Red Sox may not want to trade him. Read more from ESPNNewYork on Francouer here.

* Ian Kinsler will play in Oklahoma City tonight and fly into Kansas City tomorrow. He will be activated in time for Wednesday's game, but is not expected to play. He will be activated because rosters can expand on Sept. 1, which is tomorrow.

* We discussed some of the possibilities for September call-ups on the blog this morning. Taylor Teagarden has to spend 10 days in the minors, so he won't get the call until Friday. The club does want a pitcher though for tomorrow.

* Dustin Nippert and Cristian Guzman will also be activated this week (Guzman on Wednesday, Nippert on Friday).