Saltalamacchia to have surgery, Hamilton out longer
Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s season will end on Monday when he undergoes surgery on his right shoulder. Saltalamacchia has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition where a rib bone pushes on a nerve and causes pain and numbness in the arm and fingers.
Saltalamacchia has played in just one game since Aug. 14 and that was as a designated hitter on Sept. 5 in Baltimore. He was trying to hang on as a pinch-hitter and DH but decided to get the surgery done and get ready for next season.
The surgery usually requires 10-12 weeks of recovery time. Saltalamacchia is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Hamilton to be out longer: Josh Hamilton is still having tightness and discomfort in his lower back and is not returning to the lineup anytime soon. The anti-inflammatory shots have helped reduce the pain but he is still experiencing some tightness when he swings the bat and does other baseball activities.
“We’re going to back off baseball stuff for a couple of days and see if it will calm down,” Hamilton said. “The shots did a good job of calming it down but baseball activities are still giving me not pain but tightness. Tightness will lead to pain if I let it.”
Hamilton has not played since Sept. 2 against the Blue Jays.
Young day-to-day: Michael Young was out of the lineup on Wednesday, one day after leaving the Rangers game with the Athletics after one at-bat with tightness in his left hamstring.
Young said he was a little stiff and a little sore on Wednesday. He is hoping for a good work day on Wednesday, a day off on Thursday and then try to get back in the lineup on Friday.
“But if it’s one thing I’ve learned about hamstring muscles is it’s day-to-day,” Young said.