Hamilton starts to feel better after crash

Hamilton starts to feel better after crash

TORONTO -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who crashed into the center-field wall at Target Field on Saturday, said prior to Monday's contest that his bruised left ribcage is showing signs of improvement.

Hamilton was forced to leave Saturday's game, and he did not participate in Sunday's series finale. He was once again out of Monday's lineup, with his status listed as day-to-day.

"It does feel a little better," Hamilton said. "I've just had so much: my shoulder, my ribs, my lat muscle, I mean everything I hit [on the play] is sore. Like I said, it feels like a car crash -- it really does."

Hamilton underwent a massage on Monday to help stimulate blood flow and promote healing to the area. He said the biggest drawback of the injury is the limitations it puts on his breathing. Once that subsides, Hamilton said he would be willing to play through any other aches and pains.

"When I take a deep breath right now, I've got some popping and crackling going on," he said. "There is nothing broken; it's just muscular. If I get to the point where I can run and get the breathing in and out going, and be able to handle that, the rest should be OK."

In other injury news, Rangers manager Ron Washington said starting pitcher Cliff Lee (sore back) felt much better Monday, but not well enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday in Toronto. Washington added that it is more likely than not that Lee will be put back in the rotation sometime over the weekend -- possibly reassuming his turn on Sunday.