MLB Free Agents 2012: How Will Josh Hamilton's Injury Affect Rangers' Pursuit?

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 29, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers reacts after fouling out to third base in the fifth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers have made it all the way to the World Series for two years, and for two years they have left empty-handed.

There is also another thing that was the same both years and that is that Hamilton, the Rangers' superstar, played with an injury both years.

Hamilton is now visiting a doctor and thoughts of surgery are being put in the air.

This leaves another big question, but this time instead of it being poised for Hamilton, it is poised for the Rangers organization. The question is: Should they go into the free-agent market looking for cover in center field for their star?

The answer is no. There is no reason to hit the panic button. What you have in place right now is good enough.

Hamilton has fought through many injuries and even has come back stronger.

In 2010, he won the AL MVP and it was the season following an offseason surgery.

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This means the Rangers should be optimistic. Hamilton is an incredible man who has overcome a lot in his life and this is something that cannot be taken for granted when dealing with something like coming back from surgery.

The recovery process takes a lot of mental strength and Hamilton exudes that.

He played the playoffs with cracked ribs. The pain took away his strength, but he still did fairly well through the postseason.

The Rangers also played well with Hamilton’s power production numbers down.

When the Texas Rangers start the new season, Hamilton will be coming back too and he will also bring his power numbers that will give the Rangers another shot at making it to the World Series.

Texas, do not hit the panic button yet, cover is not a necessity unless the diagnosis is far more grim than what it has appeared so far.