Rangers’ slugger Josh Hamilton returned to Texas when the team traveled to Seattle for a weekend set with the Mariners, as he continues to deal with the blurry vision that suddenly forced him from the lineup in Anaheim last week, and Texas remains unsure if he’ll be ready to return tonight as they open up a series with the A’s at the Ballpark.
Hamilton avoided a hospital trip and there remains a chance that he’ll return, but to hear manager Ron Washington’s assessment of the situation, Texas is no closer to knowing whether he will or won’t than they were this weekend.
“We certainly hope we get him back in there soon,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “But we don’t know. We have to wait to see where he is, symptom-wise.”
Obviously, Hamilton being out of the lineup has had an adverse effect on the Texas offense, which is hitting at a .255 clip for the month of September. This is no great secret.
“When we don’t have that presence in our lineup, everybody gets pitched differently,” Washington said. “Pitchers know where he is, and when he is not in there, maybe they don’t have the same kind of stress.”
UPDATE: Multiple sources are reporting that Hamilton is in the lineup for tonight's series opener with Oakland. He will play centerfield and bat third.