Josh Hamilton leaves game
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton does not believe the lower back spasms that forced him to leave Friday night's game in the fifth inning will keep him from playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo.
Hamilton is day-to-day.
"I'm not really as worried about the All-Star Game as I am worried about playing (Saturday) or the next day," he said. "I'll come in (Saturday), wake up and see how I feel and reassess everything and hopefully play (Saturday)."
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Hamilton said he felt his lower back grab on him as he broke toward a deep fly ball in the top of the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins. He got turned around and ended up dropping the ball after it hit his glove. He was charged with an error.
"It feels a little better than when it first happened," Hamilton said shortly after the game, which the Twins won 5-1. "I was scared when it first happened because I didn't know what to expect from a spasm like that. I had some weakness in my legs."
Leonys Martin came in to pinch hit for Hamilton with two outs in the inning and stayed in center field.
Hamilton missed a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays in late April and early May because of back spasms, but he said they were in a different area. Hamilton also missed four games with an intestinal virus last month.
"I honestly wanted to walk in from left field," Hamilton said. "It just hurt. A lot of these guys have had lower back spasms before and they described how it feels, and that was exactly how I was feeling. That was actually comforting."
Hamilton was 0-for-2 in the game, and is batting .314 on the season with a team-high 26 homers and an American League-best 74 RBIs.
Martin, called up from Triple-A Round Rock on June 15 while Hamilton was out, is hitting .207 with five RBIs.
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