Hamilton battling two fractured ribs

The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton is optimistic he’ll be able to return in the regular season.

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The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton is optimistic he’ll be able to return in the regular season.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rangers OF Josh Hamilton hopes to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season despite tests Tuesday revealing he has two broken ribs.

Hamilton is the majors' leading hitter (.361) and an AL MVP candidate, but he hasn't played for the West-leading Rangers since crashing into a wall while making a catch Sept. 4 at Minnesota.

He was optimistic after the source of his rib pain was diagnosed during a second day with Dr. Robert Watkins.

"There's really no difference in the treatment for it, whether they're broken or just bruised," said Hamilton, who has 31 homers and 97 RBIs in 130 games. "It's mostly just good to have confirmation of why I was in so much pain. Now we can take care of it the way we need to and do it as quick as we can."

Watkins' tests found the "small stable fracture in the seventh and eighth ribs" that two previous X-rays and an MRI didn't reveal Monday. Hamilton had been dealing with stiffness in his back when he crashed into the wall 2½ weeks ago.

GM Jon Daniels said Hamilton was given an anti-inflammatory injection and an epidural nerve-block injection.

If the shots work, Hamilton says he can manage the pain well enough to get back during the Rangers' final homestand of the regular season.

Astros: RF Hunter Pence left in the first inning against the Nationals with discomfort in his right hip flexor.

Blue Jays: The team signed a two-year extension to keep its Triple-A club in Las Vegas.

Cardinals: INF Felipe Lopez was released a day after arriving late for a game at Florida.

Cubs: OF Tyler Colvin remains in stable condition in a Miami hospital after part of a broken bat punctured his chest Sunday in a win over the Marlins. Colvin and C Geovany Soto, who had right shoulder surgery Monday, went on the 15-day DL. RHP Esmailin Caridad was activated from the 60-day DL then optioned to Double A, and RHP Mitch Atkins was designated for assignment.

Mets: SS Jose Reyes' triple in the third inning against the Marlins set a team record as he hit safely in 23 straight road games, breaking Keith Hernandez's mark set in 1986-87.

Padres: INF Jerry Hairston went on the DL with a stress fracture of his right tibia and will be out 4-6 weeks. … Former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch was hired as vice president of professional scouting.

Reds: 1B Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a home run in the second inning against the Brewers and did not return.

Twins: An MRI on C Joe Mauer's sore left knee shows only tissue inflammation. The reigning AL MVP might need a cortisone shot to help with the pain and is expected to be out for a few more days. … SS J.J. Hardy sat out against the Indians because of a migraine.

Divorce saga: Attorney Larry Silverstein testified at the divorce trial of Jamie and Frank McCourt in Los Angeles that he drafted six copies of a postnuptial marital agreement out of an abundance of caution, but his decision created a blunder that leaves the Dodgers' ownership in question. Silverstein said he made a "drafting error" when he prepared an addendum to the agreement that excluded the Dodgers, the stadium and the surrounding land from Frank McCourt's separate property. When Silverstein gave the documents to the McCourts to sign in March 2004, three had the team as Frank McCourt's separate property, and three others didn't. The agreement is at the center of the dispute between the McCourts and could decide who owns the Dodgers. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon must decide whether the pact is valid.

Hamilton battling two fractured ribs 09/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 1:01am]

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