Josh Hamilton looked like a player who had recently suffered a broken bone just under his right shoulder.
He needed an assist from teammate David Murphy just to pull off a long-sleeved shirt, then spent Texas’ 3-2 loss in Detroit on the Rangers’ bench with the arm tightly secured in a sling.
Hamilton said he offered an apology to third-base coach Dave Anderson for how he responded to reporters’ questions Tuesday about the play on which he was injured – a headfirst slide at home trying to score on a foul pop-up in the first inning.
Hamilton has been blasted by the media for blaming Anderson for sending him toward home on a pop-up about 10 feet in front of the home dugout at Comerica Park. Hamilton was tagged out by Tigers catcher Victor Martinez
“I was just frustrated more so for getting injured,” said Hamilton, who will miss a significant stretch of games for a third straight season. “I apologized to him for letting my emotions get out and getting ahead of myself and letting my emotions show through.
“I could have taken a better route as far as trying to cool down a little bit before I spoke. I never meant to come off as I wasn’t saying he was stupid.”
Hamilton also said that he could have taken the responsibility for running or not going on the play that will sideline him for up to two months.
CHIPPER JOINS GOOD COMPANY
Atlanta’s Chipper Jones hit his first homer of the season in the ninth inning on Wednesday night, giving the switch-hitter 1,500 career RBI.
With homer off Randy Choate, Jones became only the third switch-hitter with 1,500 RBI, joining Eddie Murray (1,917) and Mickey Mantle (1,509).
It was Jones’ second significant career milestone this season after he had two hits Friday night to reach 2,500. Murray is the only other switch-hitter with at least 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBI.
The Texas Rangers are seeking a temporary injunction and restraining order against Ballpark Real Estate, an entity of former owner Tom Hicks that wants to charge the team an “unconscionable” $3.5 million to lease land on which the Ballpark at Arlington’s parking spaces are located. The Orioles put shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10 because of a strained muscle on his left side, and recalled right-hander Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Norfolk.