Josh Hamilton undergoes X-rays on sore rib cage

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The Rangers aren’t off to the best start here in September.  They’ve dropped two straight games to the Twins at Target Field and now center fielder Josh Hamilton is even more banged up, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hamilton, already battling a semi-serious knee injury and back soreness, collided with the outfield wall on Saturday afternoon at Target Field and was removed in the fifth inning.  He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays on his ribs.  They turned up negative, but he’s likely to miss Sunday’s series finale.

“I
just pinned my elbow up against my ribs and hit the wall,” Hamilton
said. “We’re just calling it day-to-day right now. Right now, they’re
just saying bruised ribs. It was a weird play. I was going back to the
wall. I felt the track under my feet, so I jumped because I thought I
was closer to the well. When I came down I rolled my ankle and fell into
the wall.”

The Rangers have an eight-game lead in the American League West and would be wise to give Hamilton some time off down the stretch.  Playing him at DH could work as well.  Remember, the 29-year-old slugger played in only 89 games last season.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?