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.