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Rangers' Hamilton remains out with blurred vision

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Still battling the effects of blurred vision, outfielder Josh Hamilton will not join the Rangers in

Seattle for the weekend series against the Mariners. The Rangers lost the opener of their three-game

series, 6-3.

Hamilton, who entered Friday as the AL home run leader, has not played since leaving the opener of the

series at Los Angeles Tuesday in the fourth inning with blurred vision. Hamilton said he believed the issue

was related to a sinus infection he may have picked up from his family. Doctors, however, have not found

any definitive cause for the issue.

After missing Wednesday's game, along with third baseman Adrian Beltre, Hamilton tried to talk his way

into the lineup Thursday. When he went on the field and started taking some fly balls and ground balls,

manager Ron Washington said he looked "out of sorts," and misjudged a fly ball. The team decided not to

push anything any farther. Hamilton left the field. He returned to Texas on Friday morning for further


The decision not to have him travel to Seattle means he will end up missing at least five games due to

the issue.

"My level of concern has not wavered on this," Washington said. "We want to do what we can to give him

peace of mind. If we can do that, we think then we can just go on. He will play for us again this year.

Don't worry about that."

Said GM Jon Daniels: "It's concerning any time one of our guys is out at this time of year. More so when

the doctors haven't found anything. At this point, we're just looking for the symptoms to dissipate so he

can get back out there. I've got a lot of faith in the team either way, but obviously we're better when

Josh is in the lineup."
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