Hamilton leaves with tight calf muscle

Hamilton leaves with tight calf muscle

BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton left Thursday's 7-2 win over the Red Sox in the seventh inning with tightness in a calf muscle behind his right knee.

Hamilton said he originally aggravated the muscle Friday night at home in a game against the Orioles that started 21/2 hours late because of bad weather. Hamilton said he could have stayed in the game, but was removed as a precautionary measure. The Rangers were leading, 7-1, when David Murphy came in to pinch-run for him.

"It's just tight," Hamilton said. "I've been getting treatment and stuff. I'll come in [Friday] and get treatment and see how it goes. Obviously I could have kept playing, but it seemed like it was a good time to come out."

Hamilton left after lining a double, his third in four at-bats on the night. Hamilton is hitting .351 on the season.