ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had his first experience with lower back spasms Friday and the results weren’t good.
Hamilton left the 5-1 loss in the middle of the fifth inning after having back spasms while going back to the wall on a two out fly ball by Brian Dozier. Hamilton was charged with an error on the play.
Hamilton doesn’t think the spasms are anything serious and isn’t concerned about missing Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City.
“If I wasn’t getting any better already,” Hamilton said on whether the All-Star Game was in doubt. “I’m already feeling better. Then again I’m not really as concerned about the All-Star Game as I am about playing tomorrow or the next day. I’ll come in tomorrow, wake up and see how I feel and reassess everything.”
Hamilton iced his lower back after the game and said it was feeling better.
That wasn’t the case on the play, which Hamilton said he still should have made despite the pain. His hips were hurting and his knees were weak. He said he didn’t know if he’d be able to run into the dugout.
“I’ve never had a lower back spasm before,” said Hamilton, who was 0 for 2 before leaving. “It kind of scared me when it first happened because I didn’t know what to expect. I had some weakness in my legs but everything’s good. It was something Iike I’ve never felt before.”
Hamilton led all vote getters for the All-Star game, setting a voting record on his way to being voted as a starter for the fifth-consecutive year.