Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton: "I've been being disobedient"

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Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton says his slump is not due to him being injured and will reveal what the issue is a later time. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)


Texas Rangers center field Josh Hamilton had an awful July batting just .145 and insists there is nothing wrong with him physically. When the time comes, Hamilton said he will share what is going on with him.

"There's so much more involved. I don't know," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I'm cool, man. I'm really good. The frustrating part is this [dealing with the media] and not being able to share everything with you guys. When the time is right, I'll be honest with you, you'll be right in the loop."

"I've been shown a lot of things over the past week," he said. "There's disobedience and there's obedience to God. I've been being disobedient. It may be a small thing to you, but it's a big thing to him. There's consequences. It's like a father and a kid. There are disciplines. You guys can chew on that and think about it."

Despite the slump, Hamilton is batting .283 and is among the major league leaders in home runs (29) and RBI (84). Rangers manager Ron Washington added to the intrigue confirming Hamilton is not hurt and said the slugger will make a statement when the time is right.

"The issue is something that I think Josh would definitely have to be the one to expose, " Washington told ESPN Radio. "It’s certainly not physical. It has nothing to do with injuries. Josh is the one that made the statement and got all the inquiries going, and I think Josh is the one that has to put a rest to the inquiries, not Ron Washington. I can just tell you one thing: It is not because he’s hurt."