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Hamilton sees no improvement with ribs

Hamilton sees no improvement with ribs

SEATTLE -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said he sees no signs of improvement in his right ribcage three days after getting two injections of cortisone to help relieve the pain and discomfort.

Hamilton has been sidelined since Sept. 4 with three bruised ribs on his right side. The Rangers were hoping that with the cortisone shots he would be able to start taking batting practice on Monday.

That's not going to happen. The Rangers were also hoping that he would be ready to play at least the final week of the regular season. That is in doubt. Hamilton admitted he is concerned about being ready for the playoffs.

"Obviously, yeah," Hamilton said. "Obviously the best-case scenario is getting back and getting a good last week of the regular season ... get some at-bats. At the moment, I don't see that happening.

"But with this injury, you can hurt one day and the next day feel tremendously better. I'm still waiting for that tremendous day to get better."

Hamilton had the cortisone shots on Wednesday night, and it usually takes 48-72 hours to take effect. As of Saturday afternoon, Hamilton said everything was the same.

"Obviously you'd like for it to work," Hamilton said. "It hasn't. It's time to take the next step."

Hamilton said the Rangers will decide on Monday what would be the next course of action as far as treatment.

Hamilton injured the ribcage running into a wall in a game on Sept. 4 at Target Field in Minnesota. He is still leading the American League with a .361 batting average, a .414 on-base percentage and .635 slugging percentage.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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