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03/16/10 12:49 PM ET
Hamilton to return soon; Kinsler delayed
Ankle sprain to keep second baseman out another week
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Tuesday morning, Josh Hamilton's face was a bigger concern than his left hand, and Ian Kinsler's sprained right ankle was the biggest concern of all. Hamilton was hit in the left hand with a pitch in Monday's game against the Giants. He left the game immediately in the third inning, but that injury isn't expected to sideline him for long. "It's bruised and tight, but if I had to play today, I'd play," Hamilton said. "I'll play tomorrow." Hamilton's plan on Tuesday was to visit the dentist. The right side of his face was swollen because of an infection from a root canal surgery. That's his latest infirmary in a Spring Training that started with a bruised left shoulder. "Hopefully I'm getting all of this out of the way early," Hamilton said. Kinsler sprained his ankle Friday, and the original diagnosis was that he would be out for seven days. It appears that was too optimistic. Kinsler is still a week away from playing in a Cactus League game and could be out longer than that. The Rangers are still confident he will be ready for Opening Day, but he is not going to get a lot of playing time in Arizona, unless it is simply getting at-bats in "B" games and Minor League games. "There is a realistic possibility that he is only going to play a handful of games here," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "But we are being given every confidence that he should be able to play here at some point." Also, pitcher Eric Hurley will have surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his left wrist. That surgery is expected to keep him from throwing for 7 to 10 days, but the Rangers have already decided he is going to start the season on the 60-day disabled list, while he continues his comeback from right shoulder surgery. Right-handed pitcher Warner Madrigal remains sidelined with stiffness in his right forearm, but an MRI showed no tears in his ligament or flexor tendon. He is expected to resume throwing in the next few days. The forearm has been a recurring problem all spring, and it has effectively removed Madrigal from any possibility of making the team as a reliever.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.