Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was not in the starting lineup Tuesday with a sore left hamstring.
Hamilton felt the tightness after turning first base on his ninth-inning, game-winning hit in Sunday’s win against the Red Sox. Hamilton came in as a pinch-hitter after not starting to rest his legs.
Hamilton has been wrapping his left hamstring for a couple weeks, going back to his time with Double A Frisco and Triple A Round Rock. He wasn’t wrapped when he was called upon to pinch-hit on Sunday. He’s been getting treatment since Sunday night, including from home during Monday’s off day.
“It’s been a lot better since I had treatment all day [Monday],” Hamilton said. “I told [Jeff Banister] I don’t feel like it’s in a spot where I can wrap it and work through it right now. [We’ll] reassess it tonight and tomorrow reassess it again.”
Hamilton downplayed the severity of the injury, but is cognizant of making it worse.
“So I don’t want to jump out there and really get it good and be down for a long time,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a huge deal. It’s different if you’re infield playing a position where you’re not having to run full speed and running balls down.”
Catcher Robinson Chirinos left Tuesday’s game with a bruised right hand. X-rays were negative. He’ll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Chirinos was hit by a pitch in the first inning and was replaced in the second inning by Carlos Corporan.
Rua starting rehab
Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua (broken right foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple A Round Rock on Wednesday. The Express are playing in Reno. Left-hander Matt Harrison (spinal fusion surgery) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesday as well. Harrison is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Monday in Round Rock.
Rua ran the bases on Sunday. “Everything felt fine,” he said.
He’ll play third, first and outfield with Round Rock to give him more versatility on the roster when he returns. “I’m anxious to get back out there.”
Rua was drafted as a shortstop and has played at every infield position but catcher. He’s mostly played in the outfield with the Rangers.
▪ Left-hander Alex Claudio was optioned to Triple A Round Rock to make room for third baseman Joey Gallo. Outfielder Jake Smolinski was called up from Round Rock to replace third baseman Adrian Beltre, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Smolinski had been with the Rangers through last Sunday in Cleveland before being sent down.
▪ Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks (pilonidal cyst) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at extended spring training in Arizona on Friday.
▪ Triple A Round Rock infielder Ed Lucas broke his hand Monday night when he was hit by a pitch and has been placed on the disabled list.