Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton did not start again Tuesday, his third consecutive day out of the lineup with a sore left knee.
Hamilton expects to return to the lineup for Thursday’s series opener at Detroit. Manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton remains an option to pinch-hit off the bench.
“It’s really a day to day thing,” Hamilton said. “I can be in extreme pain one day and then two days later feel okay. That’s kind of what we’re hoping for.”
There is no plan to move Hamilton to the disabled list. An MRI showed there is no structural damage to his knee.
Rookie Ryan Strausborger has played well in place of Hamilton, which made the decision easier for Banister.
“Give Josh an opportunity to let that knee calm down,” he said. “If he continues to give us something like he’s been giving us I’ll continue to take that. This is a guy, when he’s in our lineup, he does make a difference.”
We do want the guy in our lineup for the long haul so I think we’re being prudent to give him an opportunity let the knee calm down.”
Hamilton’s availability off the bench is limited, however. If he got on base he’d most likely need to be replaced by a pinch-runner.
Hamilton says the pain can be almost non-existent when he’s sitting but flares up when he puts pressure on it.
“It’s just an old knee,” said Hamilton, who has tried to stay positive while missing nearly have the Rangers’ game since rejoining the club on May 25.
“I can’t get too frustrated. I kind of pulled everything pretty quick to get ready for the season. I didn’t have that normal ramp up coming off the offseason with spring training,” he said.
But his morale remains up with the Rangers still in postseason contention.
“It’s frustrating, but at the same time I’m very excited because we’re right in the mix of things and I think we’re in a good position and right where we’d like to be at this point in the season.”
Holland price cut
The Rangers are welcoming left-hander Derek Holland back to the rotation with special ticket prices for Wednesday’s series finale against the Mariners.
Holland makes his first start since a shoulder strain injury on April 10 put him on the disabled list. He’ll start the 1:05 p.m. game against lefty Mike Montgomery. The Rangers had less than 20,000 in attendance for the series openers against the Mariners Monday night.
Upper Box, Upper Reserved and Grandstand Reserved tickets are on sale now for $4.50 (His jersey is No. 45, get it?) for Wednesday’s game.
Tickets can be purchased at www.texasrangers.com by using the coupon code HOLLAND. The ticket special is also available by calling 972-726-4377 or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington First Base Box Office today or tomorrow.
▪ The Rangers-Mariners Monday night game scored a season-high 5.3 television rating on FOX Sports Southwest in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s the highest-rated Rangers game on the regional sports network since 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research. It beat the previous season high 4.9 rating in Joey Gallo’s debut on June 2 against the White Sox. Monday’s 5.3 is the highest on FSSW since a 5.9 rating on Sept. 29, 2013 in a game against the Angels.
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