03/15/10 10:53 PM ET
Hamilton exits game after plunking
X-rays negative; Rangers slugger has bruised left hand
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Major League Baseball
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The Rangers are playing the Cubs in Mesa on Tuesday. Hamilton was not scheduled to make that trip anyway. He doesn't think this injury is serious but he also doesn't want to push it with Opening Day still three weeks away."I'm ready to roll but I want to be smart about it," Hamilton said. "We've talked about being smart and playing smart. Spring Training doesn't mean anything so I don't want to take a chance." Hamilton suffered a bruised left shoulder during the first full-squad workout and missed the first weekend of games for the Cactus League. But he was 8-for-17 with one home run going into Monday's game against the Giants. He grounded out in his first at-bat against Bumgarner. "I'm not going to let this affect the way I feel or the way I'm approaching stuff," Hamilton said. "I was having good at-bats."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.