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:
|April-May 2012||lower back stiffness||3|
|April-May 2011||left arm fracture||35|
|September 2010||fractured ribs||24|
|September 2010||right knee inflammation||1|
|July 2010||right knee inflammation||1|
|June 2010||sore hamstring||1|
|Sept.-Oct. 2009||lower back||26|
|June-July 2009||sports hernia||30|
|May 2009||groin strain||2|
|April-May 2009||bruised ribs||13|
|August 2008||abscessed tooth||1|
|June 2008||knee inflammation||1|
|September 2007||right hamstring strain||17|
|July-Aug. 2007||right wrist sprain||29|
Source: Baseball Prospectus