Rangers’ Hamilton in hospital for intestinal virus
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was hospitalized early
Friday after becoming dehydrated because of an intestinal virus and
likely will miss the weekend series against Houston.
The Rangers said Hamilton was receiving fluids in the hospital
because of a virus going around his family. He was expected to be
released by Saturday.
Hamilton was replaced in the field late Thursday night in an
11-3 loss to Arizona after telling manager Ron Washington that he
had a stomach ache. Before that, the manager had seen nothing to
indicate Hamilton wasn’t feeling good.
”That’s why he came out, he said he had a stomach ache,”
Washington said. ”I didn’t know it was going to lead to him being
in the hospital.”
Outfielder Leonys Martin was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock
and in the lineup for the series opener Friday night against the
Astros. Martin was batting ninth and playing center field.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the AL West-leading Rangers
placed right-handed reliever Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled
list. Uehara’s move is retroactive to Sunday, a day after he
strained a back muscle pitching at San Francisco.
Rangers left-hander Derek Holland is still on the 15-day
disabled list because of shoulder fatigue after losing about 15
pounds over a two-week period because of a stomach virus. Holland
threw off flat ground Friday, and the earliest he could be
activated is Thursday.
Outfielder Nelson Cruz was held out of the Texas starting lineup
Tuesday and Wednesday because of a virus. Cruz was so ill when he
got to Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday that he was sent home.
”I’ve never experienced this in all the years I’ve been in the
game,” Washington said. ”But there’s quite a few guys up there
who haven’t gotten it.”
The Rangers said the cases weren’t related, but that the
clubhouse is sanitized periodically. That has been done since
Holland first got sick.
Hamilton, second in the AL with a .330 batting average, is tied
for the majors lead with 22 home runs and has a majors-best 62
”Going to miss Hamilton. You don’t want your best player not to
be in the lineup, but there’s nothing you can do about it,”
Washington said. ”He won’t be available (Saturday). … Then got a
day game on Sunday, so he’s probably gone for this weekend.”
Martin was hitting .344 with five homers and 22 RBIS in 31 games
at Round Rock.
Michael Young, the Rangers designated hitter, moved up to the
No. 3 spot in the batting order to replace Hamilton. Young and
other teammates didn’t even know Hamilton had been
”Hopefully, he gets better as soon as possible, but it’s part
of playing in the big leagues,” Young said. ”Sometimes it’s not
always smooth sailing. You have to find a way to weather the storm
and keeping fighting, keep grinding away. That’s the nature of the
The Rangers had planned to make the move with Uehara on
Saturday, when they will have to clear a spot on the 25-man roster
to promote right-hander Justin Grimm from Double-A Frisco for his
major league debut in a start against the Astros. Now the team will
have to make another move to purchase Grimm’s contract.
”Because of this issue with Hamilton, we had to bring up
another body,” Washington said. ”This wasn’t planned.”