Josh Hamilton hospitalized for intestinal virus

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 2012 illnesss 1
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
June 2008 virus 1
September 2007 right hamstring strain 17
July-Aug. 2007 right wrist sprain 29
May-June 2007 gasteroenteritis 16
April 2007 flu 4

Source: Baseball Prospectus

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