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Heat, not ice, helping Hamilton rehab

Posted on: September 26, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 7:23 pm
Josh Hamilton As Josh Hamilton works furiously to get back on the field in time for October, he may have found a breakthrough.

Instead of icing his muscle spasms that have resulted from rehabbing broken ribs, Hamilton is applying heat and it has paid immediate dividends, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram .

The star outfielder is also making calls to other players who experienced in the injury, including Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, who missed all but 18 games thanks to five cracked ribs.

As Hamilton relayed to the Sox speedster, it's not the ribs giving him trouble, but his lat muscles. Hamilton relayed that Ellsbury told him the team put so much focus on the ribs during rehab, it ended up being at the expense of the lat muscles.

Hamilton doesn't have that problem, as he's been focused on his lats.

Ellsbury told Hamilton that when he was hurt, they put so much focus on rehabbing his ribs that they didn't work on his lat muscles enough.

Hamilton has been doing that, and it's paying off.

"It's feeling better today," he said. "It's just something I feel like [if] I can get under control, we can get better quickly."

Hamilton took one-handed swings on Saturday in the next step toward getting on the field. If possible, the team and Hamilton would like him to play the final couple games before the postseason starts, although they won't hesitate to throw him right in the fire if need be.

-- Evan Brunell

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