Hamilton sidelined by sore shoulder
Rangers await word on Poveda, void Greene's contract
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, feeling "very sore" in his left shoulder, will not work out with the team on Thursday.Hamilton is sidelined with a bruised left shoulder and will spend the day inside getting treatment and conditioning. The Rangers aren't sure how long he will be sidelined. The team sent him for precautionary X-rays on his shoulder and the results were negative. The Rangers are still calling it just a bruise.
"There is still no thought to it being any structural issues," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "It's the day-to-day scenario, and hopefully we can ease him back in."Hamilton, who was on the disabled list twice last season and played in just 89 games, injured the shoulder while taking a tumble in a fly-ball drill on Wednesday. "It could have happened to anybody," Hamilton said. "I've lost my balance and fell on my shoulder many times. This time I just fell on top of it." Other injury updates: Pitcher Omar Poveda will get a second opinion on his right elbow before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Poveda told the Rangers that he had some soreness in the elbow over the winter but was hoping it would go away once he got to Spring Training. It did not, and he reported the soreness to team trainers Tuesday. The Rangers decided to have him undergo an MRI, and the results revealed a significant tear in the collateral ligament. If he undergoes Tommy John surgery, Poveda will be out for the entire season.
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The Rangers could put Poveda on the 60-day disabled list and gain a spot on the 40-man roster. Or they could option him to the Minor Leagues. That would keep him from getting a year of Major League service, but he would still be taking a spot on the 40-man roster. The Rangers announced Thursday they had voided the contract of infielder Khalil Greene. He did not report to camp because of further personal issues involving social anxiety disorder.
Pitcher Derek Holland, who is dealing with a sprained knee, remains on a long-toss program and has not resumed throwing off a mound in the bullpen. He injured the knee Saturday in an agility drill."Hopefully we'll get him throwing again the bullpen at a date to be determined," Levine said. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to progress well in his throwing. Saltalamacchia had offseason shoulder surgery but has not had any problems throwing so far in camp. "Everything is going good," Saltalamacchia said. "I'm doing the same as everybody else. The only thing is it takes time to get the accuracy back. I'm feeling good, but once you start baseball activities, it takes time to get the accuracy back."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.