Josh Hamilton might be playing with a sports hernia

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From beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram comes word that the Rangers believe outfielder Josh Hamilton might be playing through a sports hernia. Not just a tweaked a groin muscle.

Hamilton has registered an underwhelming .250/.264/.354 batting line this postseason, though he does have eight RBI in 12 games. No tests have been run to confirm the Rangers’ suspicion, and that probably won’t change until after the World Series.

Hamilton has committed to playing through the discomfort. And if he needs surgery in the offseason, so be it. The 30-year-old slugger is batting third and playing center field Saturday night in Game 3.

Here’s Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, speaking about Hamilton’s injury on Saturday afternoon:

“We’ve go three to five games left. After that, even if (he does have a hernia), it doesn’t change how we will handle it at this point. He says he’s OK to play, doctors say they’re OK if he’s playing, he’s out there in the lineup.”

The seven-game Fall Classic is tied 1-1, but the next three contests will take place in Arlington, Texas.