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08:16 AM ET 09.24 | As the most important series of the Texas season kicks off, the Rangers aren't sure when -- or if -- outfielder Josh Hamilton will be in the lineup against Oakland. Hamilton missed the final five games of the road trip after leaving Tuesday's game early because of vision and equilibrium problems caused by sinus issues. He left the team in Anaheim on Friday and returned home for tests with team doctors. Hamilton [was expected to undergo more exams] as he and the Rangers continue to search for a definitive cause for his illness. "I certainly hope to get him back soon," manager Ron Washington said. "But I really don't know." Washington acknowledged that the lineup lacks its usual punch without Hamilton.

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September 24, 2012  08:22 AM ET

maybe some other reason at work here.....anyways, rangers may as well get used to life wo hambone....they should have plenty of depth and pitching to take care of business...

September 24, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Sinus issues???...yeah, right.

September 24, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sinus issues???...yeah, right.

Too much blow.

September 24, 2012  08:43 AM ET

amazingly Stupid is right. He won't be back next year so get a jump on not having him in the lineup, but good thing it looks like Napoli's slumber has ended.

September 24, 2012  09:07 AM ET

So does anyone still want to max this guy out? I really hope the Rangers only offer this guy what is realistic, and there is no doubt they will be smart. Any team that gives this guy a max contract is foolish! You can't depend on him.

September 24, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Someone will pay him what he wants. Yes, he's somewhat unreliable but he still puts up big #'s and would sell seats. Look for Boston to make a play for him to rejuvenate a slumping franchise. Of course, the Yankees are always in the mix despite the fact that NY is probably not a great place for a player with his vices.

September 24, 2012  09:46 AM ET

The guy is made of glass. Buyer beware.

September 24, 2012  10:53 AM ET

It could be ACID Reflux, it has sinus symptoms!!! That'll cost you you $100.

September 24, 2012  11:23 AM ET

Someone is stupid enough to max this guy out ... just hope its not the rangers.

September 24, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Frankly i would rather sign Beltre long term than Hambone.

September 24, 2012  12:15 PM ET

With his medical probs and long cold stretches, Texas should offer him max $110m/6 years. He isn't going to get Fielder / Pujos money since he's damaged goods. Anyone who gives a max contract they're just throwing money away.

Sounds like Dodger material who are buying up bad bricks of overpaid players.

September 24, 2012  12:51 PM ET

This guy has definately raised some eyebrows in both good and bad ways. Exceptionally talented, yet seemingly fragile. Chemical dependance issues. His performance in the 2nd half has been below average compared to his own standards. Don't know what's ahead for him as far as for whom he will play next year and for how much. I have a feeling it will still be for Texas and it will be for a lot of money. Not the top contract in MLB but he will be in that league if Texas is the team he signs with. He's worth more there than he is anywhere else.

September 24, 2012  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So does anyone still want to max this guy out? I really hope the Rangers only offer this guy what is realistic, and there is no doubt they will be smart. Any team that gives this guy a max contract is foolish! You can't depend on him.

Max contracts? This isn't the NBA. If someone wanted to offer him $500 million for two years they could, no salary cap and no "max contracts".

September 24, 2012  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Max contracts? This isn't the NBA. If someone wanted to offer him $500 million for two years they could, no salary cap and no "max contracts".

Exactly....

He'll re-sign with the Rangers.

September 24, 2012  05:42 PM ET

This article was written a little too early...he's in the lineup tonight....

September 24, 2012  07:39 PM ET

hamilton will be in the playoffs because rangers do need him the most, a minor setback won't stop this pesky OF!!

September 24, 2012  07:41 PM ET

the rangers have plenty hitting options,,, every hitter has more than ten homeruns in any level,,,

September 24, 2012  07:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Too much blow.

too much caffeine. he's in the lineup for tonight.

September 24, 2012  08:07 PM ET

Don't matter. Rangers won't be in the World Series with or without him and he will sign with the Yankees next year

 
September 24, 2012  09:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Frankly i would rather sign Beltre long term than Hambone.

I agree. I wish the Red Sox had held onto him.

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