CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent an MRI exam for his sore hamstring on Thursday morning, but you didn't need to hear the results.
One look at Hamilton walking into the clubhouse on crutches was enough to know he wouldn't be playing. The MRI confirmed that he had a strained right hamstring.
The 26-year-old will not make the 10-day road trip that begins Friday, and will remain in Cincinnati to do his rehabilitation. With just 16 games to go, all indications are that this is a season-ending injury.
"It'd be hard for me to guess; I wouldn't think so," interim manager Pete Mackanin responded when asked if Hamilton might return to the lineup after the trip. "We'll just wait and see how he responds. I'm just happy it's not a serious injury."
During Wednesday's 5-1 win, Hamilton hobbled back to the dugout after running to first base on a fifth-inning groundout to third base. Norris Hopper took over in center field in the top of the sixth and will likely start regularly with Hamilton out.
Hamilton, who is batting .292 with 19 home runs and 47 RBIs in 90 games this season, had been bothered by a sore hamstring in recent days. He was out of the lineup over the weekend as a precaution.
I copied this from Reds notes at Reds.com. I hope it was just a bad year of injuries for him, and that he will not have injury problems as he goes forward