MLB notes: Too much caffeine reportedly caused Josh Hamilton's vision problems
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton wears a fake moustache during warmups prior to facing the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012. (ALEX GALLARDO/Reuters)
Here's a jolt for Josh Hamilton: Too much java, buddy.
Hamilton was out of the Texas Rangers lineup for almost a week because of blurred vision -- stemming from an intake of too much caffeine and too many sports drinks, according to a report Monday from ESPN Dallas.
The 31-year-old outfielder has a condition called ocular keratitis, which is brought on by excess caffeine.
Hamilton was expected to see duty Monday night, entering the game with a .287 average, 42 homers and 123 RBI.
The Philadelphia Phillies might deny Roy Halladay one more start this season because of a shoulder problem.
The 35-year-old right-hander struggled Sunday, give up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, and admitted afterward that he had seen a doctor the day before because of spasms near his pitching shoulder.
Halladay said he would be available to pitch if the Phillies remain in the playoff race.
"I think I need to make some changes and do some things differently," Halladay said. "And I think that comes with age."
Matt Wieters' wife, Maria, is expecting their first child and the plan is to induce labour Thursday, an off-day for the Baltimore Orioles.
"Obviously we are going to work around he and his wife and the pending baby," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com. "But he told me, so far so good. You (have) to be careful (with) the terminology, but Thursday looks like a day to move it forward. That would be the best for them and us" ... Houston Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez is out for the season after surgery on his left hand. He is expected to recover within six weeks.