Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate Tuesday, a daring dash the AL MVP later called "stupid."
DETROIT — Texas slugger Josh Hamilton is expected to miss six to eight weeks after breaking his upper right arm on a headfirst dive into home plate Tuesday, a daring dash the AL MVP later called “stupid.”
He isn’t expected to swing a bat for a month.
Hamilton tried to score from third on a foul pop-up near the Detroit dugout in the first inning. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Victor Martinez both chased the ball, leaving the plate unprotected.
Inge made the catch, then tossed the ball to Martinez, who scampered back in time to tag Hamilton.
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“It was a stupid play,” Hamilton said. “The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach was yelling, ‘Go, there’s no one at home,’ and I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this, something is going to happen.’
“But I listened to my coach,” he said, referring to third-base coach Dave Anderson. “It was way too aggressive. Maybe if they had both been closer to me, but they had a perfect angle to cut me off, and the only way to avoid a tag in that situation is to go head first.”
Hamilton slid headfirst earlier in the inning on an RBI triple. The Tigers wound up winning 5-4.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels defended Anderson’s decision to send Hamilton.
“We play an aggressive style of baseball,” he said. “The chances of getting hurt on that play are minimal.”
• Jurors in the Barry Bonds case remained mostly out of sight on Day 3 of their deliberations. They never entered Judge Susan Illston’s courtroom on the 19th floor of the Phillip Burton Federal Building, spending about six hours behind closed doors without reaching a verdict.
Except for a couple of quick breaks and a timeout for lunch, that was it.
With each passing hour, speculation mounted as to whether the jury even will be able to reach a verdict on the four charges: three counts of making false statements to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction of justice.
• Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and leadoff hitter, was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he broke his left thumb while sliding headfirst into third base on a steal during a 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
He is expected to miss four to six weeks and will need a rehab assignment. Furcal, so emotional after the injury he mentioned the word retirement, returned to Los Angeles to be examined by a hand specialist and it was determined he doesn’t need surgery on his non-throwing hand. Manager Don Mattingly said Furcal would wear a splint for three weeks to limit mobility as he heals but soon could resume doing some baseball activities.
• The Washington Nationals have put third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Class AAA Syracuse. The move is retroactive to Sunday.
• San Francisco decided to give injured center fielder and leadoff man Andres Torres a little bit longer to heal from a strained left Achilles’ tendon before determining whether he needs a stint on the disabled list for the World Series champions.
Torres already has shown significant progress since hurting himself Saturday night making a play against St. Louis.
• Detroit’s Brayan Villarreal pitched a third of an inning — without actually throwing a pitch.
Villarreal came on in the top of the seventh for Detroit with a man on first and two outs. Before making a single delivery to the plate, he picked off Texas’ Julio Borbon at first to end the threat with the Tigers still leading 4-3. They won 5-4.