Washington praises Hamilton's toughness

Washington praises Hamilton's toughness

Washington praises Hamilton's toughness
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is recovering from surgery last week to repair a sports hernia in his left side. It was an injury that affected Hamilton over the final month of the season and all through the playoffs.

But he played in all 17 of the Rangers' postseason games and that left a deep impression on manager Ron Washington.

"It definitely took away from his game," Washington said. "It may not have taken away from his defense, but it took away from the consistency of his swing and the consistency of his power. Everybody knew something was wrong, but the thing that I was impressed with was that he showed up and played.

"I love him even more for that. It's not always his production but his presence in the lineup that makes his teammates better. He showed up every day, he strapped it on and he went out there."