Hamilton, who is on the DL after undergoing surgery on June 9 to repair a torn abdominal muscle, was selected by the fans to start for the American League at the 80th annual All-Star Game on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hamilton finished third in fan voting among AL outfielders behind Boston's Jason Bay and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.
Pitcher Kevin Millwood was not selected to the AL All-Star team despite being fifth in the league with a 2.80 ERA. He was not among the five starters selected by the players, and Rays manager Joe Maddon chose five pitchers: starters Tim Wakefield, Mark Buehrle and Felix Hernandez and relievers Andrew Bailey and Brian Fuentes."The only one I'm really disappointed in was Millwood," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't think there is anybody in the game who has been important to his team as he has been to us. Whenever we needed it, he delivered." Hamilton has made it clear he will not be in the Home Run Derby. He set a record by hitting 28 home runs in the first round last year at Yankee Stadium before losing out to Justin Morneau in the finals. His injuries have precluded an encore performance this season. "I had planned on doing the Home Run Derby if I got back before I went on the disabled list twice," Hamilton said Hamilton was 2-for-20 in his first four rehab games, one at Frisco and three in Oklahoma City. He was scheduled to play in the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, and the Rangers were going to make a decision after that if he will be ready to be activated for a three-game series against the Angels that starts on Monday in Anaheim. "Right now, I expect to be back on this upcoming road trip and back on the team and playing," Hamilton said. "Rehab is going good. The physical part is fine, I'm just trying to do a couple of things with my swing and get on track with that. Every day feels better. If I wasn't making progress, I'd be worried, but I am making progress." Hamilton has played in just 35 of the Rangers' first 79 games, and he is hitting .240 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He has a .290 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since June 2. He also missed two weeks at the beginning of May because of a bruised left rib cage. Both injuries occurred crashing into walls chasing fly balls. This is the second year in a row that Hamilton has been selected to start for the AL. He is the first Texas player to be selected to start in consecutive All-Star Games since Alex Rodriguez started three straight in 2001-03. No Rangers outfielder has been selected to start in consecutive All-Star Games. The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less