Thursday, January 12, 2012
Updated: January 13, 9:36 AM ET
Josh Hamilton had offseason surgery
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was clear that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was hurting during the 2011 World Series. On Thursday, Hamilton revealed the extent of his injuries, which required offseason surgery.
Hamilton said three of his adductors, which help pull the knees and thighs together, were detached in his left leg.
"My fourth one was about to pop and I had a torn abdominal muscle," Hamilton said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Thursday night as he made an appearance at the Texas Rangers Award Show. "I was hurting pretty bad. I was doing everything I could do to play the best I could, save my bullets as far as if I hit a ball hard or got a hit, do the best I could to run. If I had to score from first, just suck it up.
"I was in pain there at the end of the season, more than people realize. But we get paid to play, especially in the playoffs."
After hitting .307 with five RBIs in the AL Championship Series, Hamilton was 7-for-29 (.241) with a home run (in the tenth inning of Game 6) and six RBIs in the World Series as he played with the injury.
Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, had surgery earlier this offseason and said he was walking two miles one day later and running the week after that. He's now working out with teammates at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and feels good.
"It was an easier recovery process than I thought it would be," Hamilton said. "I'm in full workouts at the stadium. I'm not behind at all."
Hamilton also talked about his father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, becoming his new "accountability partner." Johnny Narron handled that role previously, along with duties as an assistant hitting coach.
"I feel like I was fine to not have anybody, but at the same time, if it helps confidence with the organization to have somebody or Major League Baseball to have somebody, helps their confidence in me, then I'm all for it," Hamilton said.
Hamilton said he had Chadwick in mind, but was pleased the Rangers brought his name up as well.
"I didn't want to bring it up because he's my family," Hamilton said on the radio. "I know how I am. I'm not going to work hard enough, if I don't know you, to create a relationship with you especially when I'm going through the season, trying to focus on what I've got to do and all these things.
"So the best thing to do was to get someone I already had a relationship with. My father-in-law was the first person to come to my mind. The Rangers had already thought about that. Who better to be with me?"
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.