T.R. Sullivan is reporting that Josh Hamilton is showing no signs of improvement from his ribcage injury that he suffered in early September. Even after a pair of cortisone injections, Hamilton still feels discomfort and little to no improvement with injury.â†µ
Obviously, yeah," Hamilton said. "Obviously the best-case scenario is getting back and getting a good last week of the regular season ... get some at-bats. At the moment, I don't see that happening.â†µ
"But with this injury, you can hurt one day and the next day feel tremendously better. I'm still waiting for that tremendous day to get better."â†µ
Hamilton had the cortisone shots on Wednesday night, and it usually takes 48-72 hours to take effect. As of Saturday afternoon, Hamilton said everything was the same.â†µ
"Obviously you'd like for it to work," Hamilton said. "It hasn't. It's time to take the next step."â†µ
This is some pretty alarming news and puts a damper on the Rangers recent streak. Hamilton has been worth 8 WAR this year - which is still a good bit better than the second-ranked Ryan Zimmerman at 7.2. Hamilton has been the best player not only in the American League but in baseball this season. The Rangers need him to be healthy for the ALDS if they are to make a serious run at a World Series title.