Hamilton's Knee Takes Him Out of Game

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    PHOENIX - JUNE 23: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 23, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rangers 8-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is out of the starting lineup after getting a cortisone injection in his right knee.

    Hamilton says the knee has been bothering him the past month but he expects to be in the lineup Monday night.

    Manager Ron Washington says he's not concerned and Hamilton could pinch-hit if needed Sunday in the series finale against Tampa Bay.

    Hamilton hit a three-run homer, his 11th of the season, in the first inning Saturday. He left the game in the ninth inning because of his sore knee and had the injection after that.