Josh Hamilton returns to lineup
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was in Wednesday's lineup in his customary third spot one day after leaving Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning with back spasms.
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"I came in, heated it up and saw the chiropractor and got an adjustment," Hamilton said before the Rangers' 4-3 win Wednesday. "I think yesterday I did way more of a workload as far as swinging than I would normally do this time of year and then I took batting practice and then played in the game. It might have been a little too much."
Hamilton told manager Ron Washington earlier Wednesday afternoon that he was fine and ready to play.
"That's all I needed to hear," Washington said.
Hamilton was 2-for-5 with an RBI single Wednesday night and said he felt fine.
Hamilton said he felt his back tighten up a little in the middle of Tuesday's game and he wasn't able to run hard to first base on a ground ball in the eighth inning. He said right after the game that it felt better after he got some treatment and that he didn't expect to miss any time.
Hamilton had three hits in the game and was a triple shy of the cycle. His home run was on an easy swing to the opposite field. It was his 15th of the season and his second in the past 26 games.
He's hitting .306 with 68 RBIs in 86 games, and currently riding a five-game hitting streak. Hamilton has also hit safely in 19 of his past 21 games.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.