AL MVP Josh Hamilton Out Up To Two Months With Broken Arm
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate Tuesday, a dash the AL MVP later called “stupid.”
Hamilton tried to score from third on a foul pop-up near the Detroit dugout in the first inning. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected.
Inge made the catch, then tossed the ball to Martinez, who got back in time to tag 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.”
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels defended Anderson’s decision to send Hamilton.
“We play an aggressive style of baseball,” he said. “The chances of getting hurt on that play are minimal.”
The Rangers said Hamilton 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.
Furcal out: The Dodgers placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list after he broke his left thumb while sliding into third base on a steal in the fifth inning of L.A.’s 6-1 win over the Giants on Monday night. Furcal is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Dodgers recalled rookie infielder Ivan De Jesus from Triple-A Albuquerque.