Josh Hamilton has successful surgery to repair sports hernia

Arlington, Texas - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had successful surgery to repair a sports hernia this morning in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery, which was on Hamilton's left side. Hamilton is scheduled to return to Texas tomorrow and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February.

Meyers was also performed surgery on Hamilton in 2009 for a partial tear of a right abdominal muscle.

Hamilton, 30, batted .298 with 25 homers and 94 RBI for Texas this season despite missing over a month with a fracture in a bone in his right arm early in the year. While playing through injury during the postseason, he batted .271 (19-70) with 7 doubles, one homer, and 13 RBI in 17 games. The 7 doubles were tied for the team lead while 13 RBI ranked third on the club.