ARLINGTON, Texas A tough week for Texas slugger Josh Hamilton took another turn Saturday when he was given what Texas manager Ron Washington termed a mental day off.
Hamilton is hitting .284 on the season and batting .206 over the last 55 games. That .206 number is better than the current slide he's in as Hamilton is hitting just .119 over the last 16 games and has 19 strikeouts in the last 12 games.
Hamilton's week started with team president Nolan Ryan saying on a radio show he was giving at-bats way. Then Friday night he was booed at Rangers Ballpark. Now he's not in the starting lineup.
Despite the rough week, Hamilton remained upbeat Saturday.
"It is what it is," he said. "I've been through worse in my life. I play a game for a living. Whatever the president of the team says is not going to hurt my feelings. Fans booing me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over. Not being in the lineup sucks. I want to be in there every day, help my team w...