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Josh Hamilton Undergoes Surgery

Josh Hamilton underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday.

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T.R. Sullivan is reporting that Josh Hamilton has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday morning. Hamilton underwent testing on Thursday to determine if surgery was necessary, and then wasted no time on Friday going under the knife.

Hamilton was plagued with this injury during Texas' playoff run in 2011. While he did appear in all 17 playoff games for the Rangers, Hamilton hit a mere .271/.289/.414 in the playoffs, and was noticeably swinging with his upper half of his body only at times, robbing him of his ability to drive the baseball. Hamilton hit only one home run in the playoffs, coming in Game 6 of the World Series.

It's expected that Hamilton will be entirely healed and healthy for when the Rangers open Spring Training in February. 2012 will be Hamilton's final year under contract with the Rangers, as he's eligible for free agency at the conclusion of next season.

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