ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton showed up at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Wednesday morning with scrapes on his arms and wrists."I slipped," Hamilton said with a smile. "Right into the bag ... three times." He did so on an eighth-inning lap around the bases in Tuesday's game against the White Sox, completing an impressive trifecta. Hamilton slid head-first into first, second and third base -- in one inning. Adrian Beltre flied out to right field before Hamilton could attempt the grand slam of head-first sliding into home plate. But he has already done that. He did so in the first inning against the Tigers on April 12, trying to score on a foul pop when home plate was left uncovered. He suffered a fractured bone just below his right shoulder and was sidelined for six weeks.
|"Josh plays the game the way he needs to play it."|
|-- Michael Young|
The Harder they Come
|Injury Date||Injury||Incident||Games missed|
|22-Apr-09||Strained ribcage||OF wall collision||13|
|17-May-09||Torn abdominal muscle||OF wall collision||30|
|4-Sep-10||Fractured ribcage||OF wall collision||24|
|12-Apr-11||Fractured arm||Slide into home||36|
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