Josh Hamilton (Rick Osentoski/US Pressire)

Hamilton Out After First Inning Against Detroit Tigers with Strained Shoulder

In the first inning of Game 2 on Tuesday, Josh Hamilton left the game. He is being evaluated but was complaining of his right shoulder. The strain came after he hit a triple off Detroit and slid into third base headfirst. The Tigers’ third baseman Brandon Inge actually fell on top of the 2010 AL MVP as Inge was trying to tag him out. He went on to slide into home after a popup within the foul territory but Victor Martinez got him as he slid in on his chest.

It’s hard to know if the strain to his shoulder came as he slid into third or if it was when he slid into home. He headed to the dugout after getting taken out by Martinez holding his back with his right hand. Shortly thereafter, a trainer escorted him in the tunnel.

When he hit his triple, he turned an eight-game hitting streak and is currently hitting .333. Since he was scratched early in the game, he can kiss goodbye to securing that homer today that he has yet to hit this season.

Originally, the outfielder was scheduled to have tomorrow off then be off Thursday as well since it’s an off-day for the team prior to heading to Yankee Stadium to meet the New York Yankees for a three-game series in which the Rangers hope to continue the same power they have thus far this season and show them that their win in the ALCS wasn’t a one-time thing.

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  • raven15

    Holy shit what a blow. But did he have to totally throw his third base coach under the table? I’m guessing that coach isn’t the guy responsible for making sure he makes it to curfew in one piece.

    • Stacy Smith

      It is a big blow for the team but I think they’ll survive without him. As for the third base coach and Hamilton – I see both sides. I understand that Anderson saw an opening and wanted Hamilton to go for it. That opportunity just ended up closing and Anderson didn’t see that coming. Hamilton did what he thought he needed to in order to try and seize what was left of the play…and unfortunately, he was injured doing so. He’s angry because he was told to go when he didn’t think it was right – or at least from the way I understand it. He has every right to be angry but on the other hand, Anderson was just doing his job. Mistakes are going to be made and injuries are going to occur – it’s just part of the baseball world that we all have to endure.