-- ARLINGTON, Texas -- Only a week into a triumphant return to the Texas Rangers, Josh Hamilton's comeback has been put on hold for three to four weeks after an MRI on Wednesday revealed a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.
The Rangers will place him on the disabled list before Thursday's game with Chicago and make a roster move.
"It stinks. It's frustrating," Hamilton said. "You work your tail off to get here, the guys are doing well when I got here, you're able to have fun with them, it's frustrating. There is nothing I can do except work hard to get better. I have had success before getting back early. Hopefully I can do the same."
Said Rangers manager Jeff Bannister: "I feel bad for Josh. We had a lineup before he got here. We'll continue to use that lineup."
Hamilton suffered the injury on Sunday after touching first base on his pinch-hit, walk-off double in a 4-3 victory over Boston at Globe Life Park.
"I kept wrapping it every day in [Double-A] Frisco and [Triple-A] Round Rock," Hamilton said on Tuesday. "On Sunday, I didn't wrap it.
"I promise you, I thought, 'You need to wrap it,'" Hamilton said. '"No, I'll be all right.' I hit the ball, and as I rounded first, I felt it grab. I took four more steps and felt it grab again."
Hamilton, acquired form the Angels on April 27, played in 12 games in the minor leagues before joining the Rangers in Cleveland on May 25. He played in seven games with the Rangers.