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Hamilton Scratched With Strained Shoulder

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Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers bats during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after fracturing his upper right arm while trying to score from third on a popup that didn't leave the infield.

Hamilton tagged up on a foul popup near the Detroit dugout in the first inning Tuesday. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both ran after the ball, leaving the plate unprotected when Inge made the catch.

Martinez was able to take a throw from Inge while scampering back in time to tag out a diving Hamilton.

Hamilton left the game after that, and the team says he has a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone at the top of his arm, just below the shoulder. Hamilton isn't expected to swing a bat for a month.

The Rangers lost the game against the Tigers 5-4.

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