ST. LOUIS (AP) – Josh Hamilton was rifling through his bag Wednesday afternoon, trying to find the right bat to sign for a fan. Hitters are superstitious about this kind of thing, always making sure they don’t give one away that has a few more hits in it.
Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson leaned over from the adjacent locker and jokingly told Hamilton that he wanted an autographed bat, too — one that he used to hit a home run.
“It’s been a while,” Hamilton said. “Not sure I can find one of those.”
The slugging outfielder hasn’t hit a homer since going deep off the Mariners’ Anthony Vasquez on Sept. 23, a stretch of 19 games and 79 at-bats. That includes all five games against St. Louis in the World Series, which Texas leads 3-2 going into Thursday night’s rain-delayed Game 6.
The extra day off should give Hamilton a chance to rest his ailing groin.
Hamilton has been hampered by the injury for several months, and appeared particularly slowed by it during the first two games in St. Louis. He looked better in the warmer climate of Texas, but now the series shifts back north, where temperatures are expected to be in the 40s.
Hamilton has grown so tired of discussing the injury that he warned reporters Wednesday that he wouldn’t answer any questions if the subject was broached. However, he did say the postponment allowed him to seek more treatment and that he’d be ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday night.
“I hit in the cage, threw in the outfield, got some treatment on things,” he said. “We’ve figured out some things that will help, allow me to be able to be more aggressive and in less pain.”
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