UPDATE: Josh Hamilton bangs his shoulder

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2:11pm: Now MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan tells us that Hamilton will have X-rays taken to make sure nothing is structurally wrong with the shoulder.  Let’s assume it’s just a precautionary measure.

THURSDAY, 1:43pm: Hamilton woke up Thursday with a good amount of soreness and may stick to conditioning work for the next few days.  It doesn’t sound too serious, though, and he should be caught up with the rest of the Rangers’ position players by the time spring games begin.

WEDNESDAY, 4:40pm: First day of workouts and Josh Hamilton is already hurt, having taken a spill while chasing a fly ball. Bruises and contusions they say.  He’s day-to-day, as are we all.

Last year Hamilton missed time with rib cage, groin and back problems.  If you’re a Rangers fan you’d rather see him not get hurt, but at least he’s wearing evenly.

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.