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Hamilton, Andrus out at least few games

Hamilton, Andrus out at least few games

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers are going to be without outfielder Josh Hamilton and shortstop Elvis Andrus for at least a couple of games and possibly more.

Hamilton was back in center field Saturday, one day after being pulled from a game with some tightness in his lower back. But Hamilton couldn't get through Saturday's game either.

Neither could Andrus, who left the game with a tight right hamstring.

Hamilton had to leave this game with bruised ribs on his left side. Hamilton injured himself hitting the wall in the third inning while making a catch on Delmon Young's long fly ball. He left the game after four innings on defense.

X-rays were negative. But Hamilton described this as the same thing as what happened in April 2009, when he injured his ribcage running into a wall in Toronto. He ended up on the disabled list and missed 13 games.

"X-rays were negative ... nothing is broke," Hamilton said. "It's so very similar to what I had in Toronto. I pinned my elbow against the ribs. Right now, it's day-to-day. Right now, it's a bruised ribcage."

Hamilton didn't crash into the wall, but hit it awkwardly.

"I went back the wall, felt the track and thought I was closer to the wall than I was," Hamilton said. "I rolled my ankle and fell into the wall rather than running into it."

Hamilton will not play Sunday. Manager Ron Washington is also planning on not playing him at least the first game in Toronto. Hamilton is also dealing with a sore right knee and the biggest concern is keeping him healthy for the rest of the season, plus the playoffs.

"I'm going to hurt," Hamilton said. "That's the way it is. If you're playing all the time, you're going to hurt. There is a difference between hurting and playing, and being injured and playing. Over the last three years I've figured out how to deal with it."

Andrus has been dealing with a tight hamstring for the last couple of days and the Rangers pulled him from Saturday's game after three innings on defense. Washington said Andrus will not play on Sunday and, like Hamilton, probably won't play on Monday in Toronto.

"I'm probably going to give both those guys a couple of days," Washington said.

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