08/01/10 12:10 AM ET
Knee tendinitis to keep Hamilton out of finale
Rangers star misses Saturday after being late scratch
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Hamilton was available to pinch-hit but did not play in the Rangers' 2-1 win on Saturday, when David Murphy took left field and the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The knee flared up on Friday, when Hamilton was forced to switch from center field to left before leaving the game entirely a couple innings later. Hamilton said Saturday the pain in the knee didn't bother him as much as the possibility of the leg giving out in a key spot.
"It's frustrating and it can't really happen in the situation we're in as far as playing our division, this road trip," Hamilton said.
Hamilton took treatment on the knee after Friday night's 9-7 loss to the Halos at Angel Stadium and then again early Saturday. He did not receive a cortisone shot because he has already received one this season and is only permitted two in the same location per year.
"We want to wait as along as possible to get the next one," Hamilton said. "So it can last me however long it needs to last me the rest of the season. What we're going to do now is bump up the anti-inflammatories a little bit and go out there and play."
Playing a corner position strictly could give Hamilton somewhat less ground to cover, and it's for that reason that he moved from center to left in the fifth inning Friday. He came out two innings later. Washington said Hamilton will continue to see time in center when Julio Borbon rests.
"I'm going to still do that," Washington said. "Unless he tells me he wants to play someplace else."
Despite illness, Young to play Sunday
ANAHEIM -- Michael Young has no hits and four strikeouts in nine at-bats through the last two games, possibly because of a bug the Rangers third baseman believes one of his sons passed on to him.
Young felt ill on Friday and Saturday, but both he and manager Ron Washington said Young would play in Sunday's day game after a night game.
Young has started in all but one of 104 games this season and is hitting .300 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs. He went 4-for-4 Thursday night against Oakland.
Andres Blanco will continue to see time at second base for the Rangers with Cristian Guzman's arrival from the Nationals. Manager Ron Washington said Guzman will see the majority of the time. Washington batted the switch-hitting Guzman sixth behind Nelson Cruz and in front of Jorge Cantu on Saturday to break up a pair of right-handers. ... Cruz extended his hit streak to 19 games on Saturday with a single in the sixth inning. It's the longest active streak in the Majors.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.