Hamilton undergoing tests to see if he has hernia

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is undergoing tests to determine if he has a sports hernia and will need surgery.

Hamilton was examined late Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers. The outfielder was then scheduled to have an MRI to confirm if he has a sports hernia, and could have surgery within days if he does.

Hamilton was limited in the playoffs for the AL champions and said during the playoffs he suspected a sports hernia.

Hamilton hit .271 with only one homer and 13 RBIs in the playoffs, and didn't miss a game.

The 2010 AL MVP hit .298 with 25 homers and 94 RBIs in 121 regular-season games. He missed six weeks early in the season with a broken bone in his upper right arm.