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Hamilton latest Ranger with virus

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers OF Josh Hamilton was hospitalized early Friday after becoming dehydrated because of an intestinal virus that likely will keep him out of the weekend series against Houston.

The Rangers said Hamilton was receiving fluids because of a virus going around his family. He was expected to be released from the hospital by today.

Hamilton was replaced in the field late Thursday in an 11-3 loss to the Diamondbacks after telling manager Ron Washington he had a stomach ache.

Rangers LHP Derek Holland is still on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue after losing about 15 pounds over a two-week period because of a stomach virus. OF Nelson Cruz was held out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday because of a virus.

"I've never experienced this in all the years I've been in the game," Washington said.

The Rangers said the cases weren't related, but that the clubhouse is sanitized periodically.

Leonys Martin was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and played centerfield.

Collapse haunts Epstein: Cubs president Theo Epstein, who was the Red Sox GM last season, still can't erase Boston's 7-20 September collapse from his mind. Asked about Boston memories as the Sox visit Wrigley this weekend, Epstein said seeing Boston fall from a playoff spot was the "toughest of all of them."

"At the same time, you move on," he added. "You learn from it, try to get better."

Met conks head: LF Jason Bay left Friday's game with a possible concussion after crashing into the wall while trying to catch an inside-the-park homer by the Reds' Jay Bruce.

Bay raced back, tumbled to the warning track as the ball eluded him and then hit his head. Bay struggled to get to his feet and find the ball. He finally fired it toward the infield, but Bruce easily beat the relay.

Manny available: Manny Ramirez, who briefly played for the Rays in 2011, is a free agent again after he asked the A's to release him and the team granted his request. He had been signed to a minor-league deal.

Braves: RHP Kris Medlen was recalled from Triple A, and 17-year veteran RHP Livan Hernandez was designated for assignment. Hernandez, 37, was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and one save. He gave up seven hits and five runs in 1⅔ innings Sunday against Toronto.

Cardinals: OF Carlos Beltran became the first switch hitter in major-league history to record 300 homers and 300 steals when he stole second against the Royals. Beltran has 321 career homers, including an NL-leading 19 this season. He's the eighth player overall to achieve that 300-300 feat.

Blue Jays: RHP Kyle Drabek might require elbow surgery for the second time after an MRI exam revealed a torn ligament. Drabek, who had ligament-replacement surgery in 2007, will seek confirmation of the diagnosis next. He left Wednesday's start after a "popping" in the back of the elbow and was put on the DL. … Rookie RHP Drew Hutchison walked off the mound just nine pitches in against the Phillies, forced out by a sore right elbow.

Giants: 1B Aubrey Huff, who sprained his right knee jumping over a railing Wednesday to celebrate Matt Cain's perfect game, officially was put on the DL.

Phillies: RHP Roy Halladay threw off flat ground, the first time he has thrown since going on the DL last month with a strained back muscle. He will throw Sunday and could increase his workload in a session set for Tuesday. Halladay, pulled from a start after just two innings because of shoulder soreness is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Red Sox: RHP Josh Beckett will miss Sunday's scheduled start because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He will stay on the roster for now and might have tests this weekend. LHP Franklin Morales will start in Beckett's place.

Hamilton latest Ranger with virus 06/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 12:16am]
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