Hamilton has 2nd shot, out until weekend

Sep 7, 2009 - 9:52 PM ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has received a second shot for the pinched nerve in his back. He is not expected to return until at least next weekend.

Hamilton is back in Texas, where he had another injection Monday while Texas opened a three-game series in Cleveland.

"He got his shot," Rangers manager Ron Washington said in Cleveland. "It supposedly went well and he's resting well. They say it will be 24 or 48 hours before we know if it takes. If it does, hopefully, he'll be back to normal on Friday."

Hamilton will wait for the Rangers to come home for the start of a nine-game homestand Friday.

"We're not going to bring him back here," Washington said. "It wouldn't make any sense. He might as well stay there until we get back."

Hamilton hasn't played since pulling himself out of a game Wednesday. He had a shot Thursday, then went to Baltimore on Saturday before returning home the next day because he was still hurting.

Also, third baseman Michael Young, who is batting .322 with 22 homers and 67 RBIs, missed his fifth straight game Monday with a strained left hamstring.

Outfielder Andruw Jones, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 25 with a strained left hamstring, will be activated Tuesday.

"It would be huge if Jones could step up," Washington said. "It certainly would help if he could catch fire down the stretch."

Jones is hitting .217 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs.

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