Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Josh Hamilton expects to play Wednesday
By Richard Durrett
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton said that he expects to play on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game in the eighth inning with back spasms.
Hamilton said at some point in the middle of Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Angels, he felt his back tighten up a bit on him. It bothered him enough that he wasn't able to run hard to first base on a ground ball in the eighth inning.
Hamilton mentioned it to manager Ron Washington and before the outfielder started to get his glove and head out to play defense in the eighth, Washington called him back. Craig Gentry came in and Hamilton went to the clubhouse to check on it.
"It was tight and he told me not to go out there," Hamilton said. "I put some ice on it and it feels better. I've never had back spasms. I had spasms in my hip when I hurt it [last year], but not in my back. I expect to play."
Hamilton had three hits on Tuesday before he left the game. He was a triple shy of the cycle on a night that included an opposite-field home run in the third. It was his 15th of the season in his 85th game. Hamilton missed nearly six weeks early this season with a hairline fracture in a bone in his upper arm following a slide into home plate in Detroit.
Washington wasn't worried about his slugger.
"He looked fine high-fiving everybody as they came in the clubhouse," Washington said. "He'll be OK."