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Return date uncertain for Rangers' Hamilton

MINNEAPOLIS — The Rangers will be without MVP candidate Josh Hamilton for a while.

The outfielder and former Rays prospect, who leads the AL with a .361 batting average and a .635 slugging percentage, is out indefinitely with a bruised left ribcage.

Hamilton ran into the centerfield wall to make a catch Saturday and caught his elbow between his ribs and the wall. He left the game and arrived at Target Field on Sunday in considerable discomfort.

"It's not good," Hamilton told MLB.com. "I feel like I have been in a car wreck."

Hamilton missed 13 games in April 2009 after running into a wall in Toronto.

"The last time it happened, I felt a lot better after a week," he said. "So we'll see. It's hard to put a time frame on it."

The Rangers have a seemingly safe eight-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West and will be cautious with their star so that he's ready for the postseason.

The Rangers also reported that LHP Cliff Lee will not make his scheduled start Tuesday at Toronto because of a sore back. Lee's back loosened up during a bullpen session, but the team opted to be cautious.

MAZ HONORED: Bill Mazeroski, who made it to the Hall of Fame because of his many Gold Gloves and one big swing, now has a bronze statue honoring that most memorable moment.

Four of Mazeroski's 1960 Pirates teammates tugged away a protective cover to unveil a 14-foot, 2,000-pound statue depicting the second baseman, the only player to end a World Series Game 7 with a home run.

Mazeroski is portrayed during his dash around the bases after his homer off Ralph Terry decided the Pirates' 10-9 victory in Game 7 against the favored Yankees that season.

CARDINAL CONFLICT: CF Colby Rasmus, who has played sporadically during his sophomore season amid reports of a strained relationship with manager Tony La Russa, reportedly requested a trade earlier this season, news that angered 1B Albert Pujols.

"If he doesn't want to be here next year, we need to figure out a way to get him out of here and find somebody that wants to be here and play," Pujols said. "That's a reality. That'll show you right there a young player that doesn't respect what he's got."

Rasmus wouldn't confirm a trade request. He said he hoped to stay, "but there are certain things that make it tough."

ATHLETICS: 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff left the game against the Angels in the fifth inning with an apparent lower back injury.

BRAVES: 3B Chipper Jones, who is out for the season, was suspended one game over his ejection Saturday for arguing from the bench. He will serve the suspension if he returns in 2011.

CUBS: 3B Aramis Ramirez is day to day after straining his right quadriceps.

MARLINS: 1B/OF Logan Morrison walked off the field and was hospitalized for tests after he was hit on the left cheek by a foul ball. He joined his team for its flight to Philadelphia.

METS: LHP Johan Santana will miss his scheduled start Tuesday because of a strained left pectoral muscle. RHP Dillon Gee will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to start in his place.

RED SOX: SS Marco Scutaro will get an MRI exam Tuesday on his right rotator cuff, which has been bothering him for more than a month.

Return date uncertain for Rangers' Hamilton 09/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 5, 2010 11:37pm]
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