Hamilton out of starting lineup for day game

Hamilton out of starting lineup for day game

CHICAGO -- Josh Hamilton was not in Sunday's starting lineup against the White Sox, but manager Ron Washington said it had nothing to do with the back spasms that forced Hamilton to exit Tuesday's game against the Angels early.

Instead, Washington just saw Sunday afternoon's game as a chance to get his slugger some rest before starting a seven-game homestand against the Red Sox and Angels this week.

"I've been wanting to give him a day off, and I just chose today being a day game," Washington said. "He looked like he could use it, so I just chose today to give it to him."

Hamilton has struggled in day games this season, hitting just .173, compared to his .339 average in night games. All 16 of his home runs and 65 of his 69 RBIs have come in night games for Hamilton, whose career day-time average (.241) is nearly a hundred points below his night average (.332).

Washington has used this weekend to get some rest for a few of his players as the Rangers finish up a 10-game road trip that started with two series on the West Coast. In Saturday night's game, Washington kept catcher Yorvit Torrealba and shortstop Elvis Andrus out of the starting lineup but used both as pinch-hitters in the ninth inning. The skipper said the same strategy applies to Hamilton today.

"Once again, if the opportunity presents itself late, I won't hesitate to use him," Washington said.