Knee tendinitis to keep Hamilton out of finale

Knee tendinitis to keep Hamilton out of finale

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton was a late scratch on Saturday, and Rangers manager Ron Washington said Hamilton will not start in Sunday's day game either because of tendinitis in his right knee.

Hamilton was available to pinch-hit but did not play in the Rangers' 2-1 win on Saturday, when David Murphy took left field and the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The knee flared up on Friday, when Hamilton was forced to switch from center field to left before leaving the game entirely a couple innings later. Hamilton said Saturday the pain in the knee didn't bother him as much as the possibility of the leg giving out in a key spot.

"It's frustrating and it can't really happen in the situation we're in as far as playing our division, this road trip," Hamilton said.

Hamilton took treatment on the knee after Friday night's 9-7 loss to the Halos at Angel Stadium and then again early Saturday. He did not receive a cortisone shot because he has already received one this season and is only permitted two in the same location per year.

"We want to wait as along as possible to get the next one," Hamilton said. "So it can last me however long it needs to last me the rest of the season. What we're going to do now is bump up the anti-inflammatories a little bit and go out there and play."

Playing a corner position strictly could give Hamilton somewhat less ground to cover, and it's for that reason that he moved from center to left in the fifth inning Friday. He came out two innings later. Washington said Hamilton will continue to see time in center when Julio Borbon rests.

"I'm going to still do that," Washington said. "Unless he tells me he wants to play someplace else."