Hamilton out with sore right knee

Josh Hamilton was held out of the Texas Rangers lineup Wednesday

after receiving a shot the previous night for his sore right

knee.

Hamilton, who leads the majors with a .361 batting average, was

the designated hitter the previous two games at Kansas City. He hit

.435 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in his past 12 games and said

he planned to play the outfield Friday.

”I would say I’m 40 to 50 percent better,” Hamilton said

Wednesday. ”I’ve got two days off here, which will be good. I’ll

just come in on Friday (after an off-day Thursday) and do all the

normal stuff, but I will take it easy the next two days, just kind

of rest it. I’ll just try to get through it for a couple of weeks

and see what happens.”

Hamilton said there is a possibility for another cortisone shot

in a couple of weeks. He is among the American League-leaders with

31 home runs, 40 doubles and 97 RBIs.

”It’s like having a toothache,” Hamilton said. ”It hurts all

the time. It’s that time of year. Just walking around it feels

better. That says something. It was bothering me sleeping. I slept

better last night.”