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'Out of sorts' Josh Hamilton to miss Seattle series

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10:17 AM ET 09.22 | Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton will not travel to Seattle for the weekend series against the Mariners as he continues to be evaluated and tested for vision issues that left him "out of sorts," when trying to do baseball activities. Hamilton, who entered Friday as the AL home run leader, is the concern for now. He has not played since leaving the opener of the series at Los Angeles in the fourth inning with blurred vision. Hamilton said he believed the issue was related to a sinus infection he may have picked up from his family. Doctors, however, have not found any definitive cause for the issue. After missing Wednesday's game, along with Adrian Beltre, Hamilton tried to talk his way into the lineup Thursday. When he went on the field and started taking some fly balls and ground balls, manager Ron Washington said he looked "out of sorts," and misjudged a fly ball. The team decided not to push anything. Hamilton left the field. He returned to Texas on Friday morning for further evaluation. The decision not to have him travel to Seattle means he will end up missing at least 5 games.

Dallas Morning News

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September 22, 2012  11:02 AM ET

Here's Cabrera's chance to catch him in the HR race.

September 22, 2012  11:13 AM ET

His years of staring at the flame while lighting his crack pipe must have crossed his eyes....

September 22, 2012  11:56 AM ET

Viagra Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

changes in vision, blurred vision, trouble telling blue from green color, prolonged or painful erection (lasting more than 4 hours)

OR....smoking substances that are utilized through a glass pipe

September 22, 2012  12:48 PM ET

Probably any outfielder who can see the ball clearly will outplay and outhit a guy with blurred vision, so go with the reserve and get Hamilton well for the playoffs. A's are still 4 back.

September 22, 2012  12:57 PM ET

He probably has Acid Refulx!!!

September 22, 2012  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He probably has Acid Refulx!!!

If you're suggesting that Hamilton's problem is LSD, consider the following: (a) LSD has low potential for habitual abuse; (b) I'm pretty certain that's not on his list of drugs; (c) LSD has been clinically proven with reproducible results to be effective in the treatment of alcoholism.

September 22, 2012  05:20 PM ET

I LIVE IN THE SAME CITY HAMILTON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN. HE ALSO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BIG CONTRACT COMING OUT OF ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL HE STARTED MESSING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND GOT DEPRESSED.THE MAN WENT THROUGH A LOT AND CLEANED HIS LIFE UP AND CINCINNATI GAVE HIM A 2ND SHOT AT THE MAJORS AND JOSH HAS STAYED CLEAN AND WORKS HARD EVERYDAY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAN GETS SICK YOU COWARDS WANT TO GET ON LINE AND TALK CRAP FROM BEHIND THE KEY BOARD AND SCREEN. IF JOSH WANTED TO QUIT TODAY HE COULD AND NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN.I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU BUMS ARE MOST LIKELY BEHIND ON ATLEAST 1 BILL OR MORE,OR YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB,IF YOUR LITTLE $250.00 A WEEK CHECK GOT CUT OFF, YOU WOULD BE WITH NO LIGHTS, TV, SOMETHING WITHIN 1 WEEK. LET THE MAN GET WELL FROM HIS COLD AND HE WILL BE BACK HITTING HOME RUNS AGAIN AND WINNING THE WORLD SERIES MVP THIS YEAR!!!! NOW QUIT CRYING,AND TALKING CRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW.

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September 22, 2012  05:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I LIVE IN THE SAME CITY HAMILTON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN. HE ALSO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BIG CONTRACT COMING OUT OF ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL HE STARTED MESSING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND GOT DEPRESSED.THE MAN WENT THROUGH A LOT AND CLEANED HIS LIFE UP AND CINCINNATI GAVE HIM A 2ND SHOT AT THE MAJORS AND JOSH HAS STAYED CLEAN AND WORKS HARD EVERYDAY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAN GETS SICK YOU COWARDS WANT TO GET ON LINE AND TALK CRAP FROM BEHIND THE KEY BOARD AND SCREEN. IF JOSH WANTED TO QUIT TODAY HE COULD AND NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN.I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU BUMS ARE MOST LIKELY BEHIND ON ATLEAST 1 BILL OR MORE,OR YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB,IF YOUR LITTLE $250.00 A WEEK CHECK GOT CUT OFF, YOU WOULD BE WITH NO LIGHTS, TV, SOMETHING WITHIN 1 WEEK. LET THE MAN GET WELL FROM HIS COLD AND HE WILL BE BACK HITTING HOME RUNS AGAIN AND WINNING THE WORLD SERIES MVP THIS YEAR!!!! NOW QUIT CRYING,AND TALKING CRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW.

Your caps lock is stuck, Katie.

September 22, 2012  06:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I LIVE IN THE SAME CITY HAMILTON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN. HE ALSO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BIG CONTRACT COMING OUT OF ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL HE STARTED MESSING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND GOT DEPRESSED.THE MAN WENT THROUGH A LOT AND CLEANED HIS LIFE UP AND CINCINNATI GAVE HIM A 2ND SHOT AT THE MAJORS AND JOSH HAS STAYED CLEAN AND WORKS HARD EVERYDAY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAN GETS SICK YOU COWARDS WANT TO GET ON LINE AND TALK CRAP FROM BEHIND THE KEY BOARD AND SCREEN. IF JOSH WANTED TO QUIT TODAY HE COULD AND NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN.I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU BUMS ARE MOST LIKELY BEHIND ON ATLEAST 1 BILL OR MORE,OR YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB,IF YOUR LITTLE $250.00 A WEEK CHECK GOT CUT OFF, YOU WOULD BE WITH NO LIGHTS, TV, SOMETHING WITHIN 1 WEEK. LET THE MAN GET WELL FROM HIS COLD AND HE WILL BE BACK HITTING HOME RUNS AGAIN AND WINNING THE WORLD SERIES MVP THIS YEAR!!!! NOW QUIT CRYING,AND TALKING CRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW.

actually ... your facts are wrong ... sorry

September 22, 2012  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He probably has Acid Refulx!!!

The interns' headline about "out of sorts" and your take of "acid reflux" is funny.

But the headline is just the FN interns misunderstanding the story--it wasn't about being "out of sorts," but rather about "blurred vision."

Still, pointing out the interns inability to accurately paraphrase news stores is a worthwhile enterprise!

September 23, 2012  06:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I LIVE IN THE SAME CITY HAMILTON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN. HE ALSO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BIG CONTRACT COMING OUT OF ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL HE STARTED MESSING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND GOT DEPRESSED.THE MAN WENT THROUGH A LOT AND CLEANED HIS LIFE UP AND CINCINNATI GAVE HIM A 2ND SHOT AT THE MAJORS AND JOSH HAS STAYED CLEAN AND WORKS HARD EVERYDAY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAN GETS SICK YOU COWARDS WANT TO GET ON LINE AND TALK CRAP FROM BEHIND THE KEY BOARD AND SCREEN. IF JOSH WANTED TO QUIT TODAY HE COULD AND NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN.I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU BUMS ARE MOST LIKELY BEHIND ON ATLEAST 1 BILL OR MORE,OR YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB,IF YOUR LITTLE $250.00 A WEEK CHECK GOT CUT OFF, YOU WOULD BE WITH NO LIGHTS, TV, SOMETHING WITHIN 1 WEEK. LET THE MAN GET WELL FROM HIS COLD AND HE WILL BE BACK HITTING HOME RUNS AGAIN AND WINNING THE WORLD SERIES MVP THIS YEAR!!!! NOW QUIT CRYING,AND TALKING CRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW.

Thank you Mrs. Hamilton. I'm sure your son will be fine with his millions for playing baseball.

September 23, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I LIVE IN THE SAME CITY HAMILTON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN. HE ALSO WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL THERE AND WHEN HE SIGNED THAT BIG CONTRACT COMING OUT OF ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL HE STARTED MESSING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND GOT DEPRESSED.THE MAN WENT THROUGH A LOT AND CLEANED HIS LIFE UP AND CINCINNATI GAVE HIM A 2ND SHOT AT THE MAJORS AND JOSH HAS STAYED CLEAN AND WORKS HARD EVERYDAY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAN GETS SICK YOU COWARDS WANT TO GET ON LINE AND TALK CRAP FROM BEHIND THE KEY BOARD AND SCREEN. IF JOSH WANTED TO QUIT TODAY HE COULD AND NEVER HAVE TO WORK AGAIN.I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT YOU BUMS ARE MOST LIKELY BEHIND ON ATLEAST 1 BILL OR MORE,OR YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB,IF YOUR LITTLE $250.00 A WEEK CHECK GOT CUT OFF, YOU WOULD BE WITH NO LIGHTS, TV, SOMETHING WITHIN 1 WEEK. LET THE MAN GET WELL FROM HIS COLD AND HE WILL BE BACK HITTING HOME RUNS AGAIN AND WINNING THE WORLD SERIES MVP THIS YEAR!!!! NOW QUIT CRYING,AND TALKING CRAP ABOUT SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW.

No need to yell at us cowards.........

 
September 23, 2012  08:33 PM ET

DALEJR88FAN, after he signed with the Rays organization, Josh Hamilton was involved in a car accident, and hurt his back. He was in a great deal of pain, and was prescribed pain meds for it. What he and his doctors may not have known at that time is that he has what is referred to as an "addictive" personality, meaning that his personality type is such that he is subject to addiction to any substance that can change mood, pain, etc. That lack of knowledge lead to his addiction. He has fought long and hard to overcome it, and despite his two relatively recent lapses, he's staying clean. So, it wasn't about starting to mess with drugs and alcohol. But he did end up, and not necessarily by any fault of his own, being addicted to pain meds.

This is a phenomenon that is observed, from time to time. This is not something that a doctor sets ot to do to anyone, but it happens nonetheless.

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