ARLINGTON -- After leaving Friday's game with lower back spasms, Josh Hamilton started as the Rangers' designated hitter Saturday, batting third.
Hamilton felt discomfort in his lower back as he was settling under a fly ball in the fifth inning Friday. The ball fell on the left-field warning track as Hamilton made his fifth error of the year and the Rangers' second of the game. Leonys Martin pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the fifth but Hamilton was back in the starting lineup for Saturday's against the Twins.
"The treatment must have worked because when I found him today, he was in the cage swinging away," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He just told me he had spasms in his lower back. They're pumping him full of fluids."
"A lot of these guys have had lower back spasms before," Hamilton said Friday night. "They told me how it feels and it was exactly how I was feeling. It was actually comforting. It gave me some peace of mind."
After ending a five-game losing streak with a 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Twins on Saturday, the Rangers have scored a Major League-low 13 runs this month. They lead the Majors with a .280 batting average this season but are hitting just .223 as a team this month and have hit three home runs, a solo shot by Hamilton on Wednesday against the White Sox and solo blasts by Hamilton and Adrian Beltre on Saturday.
"He's my best player," Washington said of Hamilton. "We need production. We've got no production in the lineup. So when you're most productive guy says he can play, you play him."