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Rangers' Hamilton released from hospital

Rangers' Hamilton released from hospital

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Rangers' Hamilton released from hospital
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was discharged from a local hospital on Sunday after spending a week there recuperating from a case of pneumonia, according to club officials.

Hamilton was placed at Medical Center of Arlington on Monday as a precautionary measure for what was described as an early case of pneumonia. He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities shortly.

Hamilton has a busy weekend ahead of him. On Friday, he is scheduled to be at the Rangers Mid-Winter Banquet at the Grapevine Texan Resort to be honored as the Rangers Player of the Year.

On Saturday, he is scheduled to fly to New York to be honored at the annual Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner as the American League's Most Valuable Player. Hamilton hit .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2010. He led the league in hitting to become the third Rangers batting champion in club history.

Also on the Rangers ...

• Broadcaster Eric Nadel has been selected as the 2010 Texas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is the sixth time he has won the award.

• Pitcher Darren Oliver will participate in a Martin Luther King Day event on Monday at the Wesley Center in Fort Worth. Oliver and other volunteers will participate in a cleanup of the area. The volunteers will be students from the Diamond Hill Jarvis High School Mentorship Program, which is sponsored by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, mentors from Volunteers of America who partner with that program, students from Fort Worth ISD, representatives from the Volunteer Center of North Texas, and front office employees.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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