Rangers' Hamilton Misses Friday's 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 outfielder Josh Hamilton missed Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, staying behind in Texas after having a bad reaction to a shot he took to ease the pain from a pinched nerve in his back.

      Hamilton did not fly with the team to Baltimore, and it was uncertain if he would join the team over the weekend.
     
    "Hopefully, (Saturday) he'll feel comfortable enough to get back on the plane and we'll be able to get him back in there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "If there is any way Josh can play when he gets here, he'll play."
     
    Hamilton left Wednesday's game against Toronto in the fourth inning, complaining of lower back pain. He was given a shot Thursday to reduce inflammation.
     
    Texas, still in the hunt for a wild-card berth, used an outfield of David Murphy, Marlon Byrd and Nelson Cruz against the Orioles.