Josh Hamilton undergoes surgery

Updated: November 11, 2011, 4:40 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had surgery Friday morning to repair a sports hernia, an injury he played through during the entire postseason, the team announced.

Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia, the second similar one he's done on Hamilton the past three years. In 2009, Hamilton suffered a partial tear of the abdominal muscle. This injury was on his left side.

Hamilton is scheduled to return Saturday to Texas and is expected to make a full recovery before the start of spring training in February.

Hamilton, 30, batted .298 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs this season despite missing more than a month with a fracture in a bone in his right arm early in the year.

In the postseason, he batted .271 (19-for-70) with seven doubles, one homer, and 13 RBIs in 17 games. The seven doubles tied for the team lead; his RBI total ranked third on the club.

Jeff Caplan covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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