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Josh Hamilton Injury Update: Outfielder To Sit Out Weekends Games, Expects To Be Ready For Opening Day

Texas Rangers All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton is going to sit out the last two games in Arizona on Saturday and Sunday due to a tight left groin muscle. Hamilton injured the groin in Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies when he hit a double in the fifth inning:

"When I hit that double (in the fifth inning), I felt it grab," Hamilton said. "The next at-bat I hit the ball back to the pitcher and felt it grab a little more. Then I was chasing a pop fly in the seventh and felt it grab a little more.

"Since it's Spring Training, I decided to leave the game. If this were the regular season, I wouldn't have left the game. I came in today, got some treatment and felt a knot in there. It was a muscle spasm, we rubbed it out and it feels better."

Hamilton said that the injury had nothing to do with him playing centerfield and that he is sitting out the next two games just to be safe.

Hamilton fully expects to be in the starting lineup for opening day this Friday against the Chicago White Sox.

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