J-Ham to the D.L.

Rangers slugger cannot overcome rib injury.

He tried to avoid it, but Josh Hamilton is heading to the dreaded disabled list.

The Texas Rangers placed their star outfielder on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because of a strained left rib cage muscle.
 
The Rangers made the move retroactive to Monday in part to create a roster spot for catcher Max Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday to serve as the backup while regular catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia recovers from eye irritation.

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