Hamilton released from hospital after bout with pneumonia

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All is well with Josh Hamilton.

According to John Blake, the vice president of communications for the Rangers, Hamilton was released from the hospital this afternoon after a five-day stay because of pneumonia.

The illness never got too serious and Hamilton only remained in the hospital for more than a couple of days so that his recovery might be accelerated.  The 29-year-old has another month to gain back any strength that he lost and should have no trouble getting back to 100 percent by the time spring training opens.

Hamilton posted a spectacular .359/.411/.633 batting line, 32 home runs and 100 RBI in 133 games for the Rangers last year, winning MVP honors in the American League.  He should be a monster again in 2011.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.