Josh Hamilton hospitalized for intestinal virus

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton has been hospitalized because of an intestinal virus and will remain in the hospital for the next 12 to 24 hours, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Rangers called up center fielder Leonys Martin from Triple-A on Friday to play in Hamilton's place. Despite Hamilton's illness, he is not headed to the disabled list -- yet.

The team will need to make a move before Saturday's game with the Astros to clear a roster spot for starter Justin Grimm.

Hamilton was hospitalized with pneumonia in January, 2011.

Injuries, of course, have been a large part of the Hamilton story. In addition to injuries in the minor leagues, he's also suffered multiple injuries in his big-league career. Here's a list of just the injuries that have forced him to miss games since he made his big-league debut in 2007:

DateInjuryGames missed
May 2012illnesss1
April-May 2012lower back stiffness3
April-May 2011left arm fracture35
September 2010fractured ribs24
September 2010right knee inflammation1
July 2010right knee inflammation1
June 2010sore hamstring1
Sept.-Oct. 2009lower back26
June-July 2009sports hernia30
May 2009groin strain2
April-May 2009bruised ribs13
August 2008abscessed tooth1
June 2008knee inflammation1
June 2008virus1
September 2007right hamstring strain17
July-Aug. 2007right wrist sprain29
May-June 2007gasteroenteritis16
April 2007flu4

Source: Baseball Prospectus

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