Josh Hamilton's baseball season was put on hold Monday when the Texas Rangers announced that the former Athens Drive High star will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle.
Hamilton is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
It could have been worse, Rangers manager Ron Washington told The Associated Press on Monday.
"That's great because we thought it would be lonber," Washington said. "It looks like we'll have a chance to get him back after the [July] All-Star break. At least it won't be September."
An MRI exam on Monday confirmed an earlier diagnosis of a partial tear. Dr. William Meyers, who examined Hamilton in Philadelphia, will perform the surgery.
Hamilton was injured on May 17 when he crashed into the outfield wall whle making a leaping catch.