The Texas Rangers' injury/illness epidemic is spreading through the middle of the lineup.
On Wednesday, Josh Hamilton, the team's No. 3 hitter, reported no improvement in the blurred vision and difficulty focusing that forced him out of Tuesday's game after three innings. In addition, cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup due to an intestinal ailment.
The Rangers had both players undergo a battery of tests, but they had no definitive results on what was causing the problems. The club had originally indicated Hamilton was having "sinus problems," but it amended that Wednesday to indicate that while his symptoms were consistent with some sinus infections, there was no clear explanation. Neither player joined the team at Angels Stadium on Wednesday for the Rangers' 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
"We haven't gotten all the reports back yet," general manager Jon Daniels said when asked how long the duo might be out. "The internist who saw Josh didn't find anything definitive, so he saw an ear, nose and throat specialist. Adrian had discomfort before (Tuesday's) game, and that continued. He has had some tests, and we haven't gotten all the results. Our sense is that these are things that could clear up quickly, but we're not sure."
Without Hamilton and Beltre, who have combined for 75 home runs and 216 RBI, in the Nos. 3-4 spot, the Rangers went with Michael Young, filling in for Beltre at third base, and right fielder Nelson Cruz. That duo had combined for 29 homers and 146 RBI. Young went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Cruz went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
It was only the third time the Rangers played without both Hamilton and Beltre in the starting lineup. They lost the first two games on May 1-2 at Toronto.