DETROIT - Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers are suddenly facing some serious adversity.
Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm trying to score from third on a pop-up. That was one of a few blunders on the basepaths by the Rangers in a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Miguel Cabrera drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth.
General manager Jon Daniels announced after the game that Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, has a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone at the top of his arm, just below the shoulder. He isn’t expected to swing a bat for a month.
“Obviously, he’s a big part of our club,” Daniels said. “We built the club to deal with something like this.”
The Rangers were trying to start 10-1 for the second time in franchise history, but an early mistake set the tone for a tough afternoon.
Hamilton was on third after a run-scoring triple. He then tried to tag up on a foul pop-up near the Detroit dugout. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both ran after the ball, leaving the plate unprotected when Inge made the catch. But Martinez was able to take a throw from Inge while scampering back in time to tag out a diving Hamilton.
“It was a stupid play,” Hamilton said. “The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach was yelling, ‘Go, there’s no one at home,’ and I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this, something is going to happen.’
“But I listened to my coach,” he said, referring to third-base coach Dave Anderson. “It was way too aggressive. Maybe if they had both been closer to me, but they had a perfect angle to cut me off, and the only way to avoid a tag in that situation is to go headfirst.”
Hamilton left the game after that play.
With the game tied at 4 in the ninth, Darren O’Day (0-1) walked two batters to load the bases before giving up Cabrera’s two-out hit.
Detroit starter Brad Penny rebounded from two unimpressive starts, allowing three runs on seven hits in 62/3 innings.