Josh Hamilton Showing Significant Improvement?

Josh Hamilton Showing Significant Improvement?

Yes there's a question mark in that headline, because -- as always -- I'm a little confused.

On Tuesday we got this press release from your Texas Rangers about star slugger and American League Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton:

Arlington, Texas--Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was diagnosed on Monday with an early case of pneumonia. He is currently being treated at a local hospital and is expected to be released within the next 24 hours. Josh should be able to resume his conditioning and baseball activities within the next several days.

The Hamilton family thanks everyone for respecting their privacy at this time.

Cool. No biggie. Raises a red flag about weakened immune deficiency via years of substance abuse, but if he's going to be released from the hospital the next day then it's really nothing. Carry on.

Right?

Then yesterday, we get this update on Josh's condition:

Arlington, Texas--Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is showing significant improvement in his condition after being diagnosed on Monday with an early case of pneumonia. He remains at a local hospital while he continues to be treated in order to accelerate his full recovery, and he is expected to be released by the weekend. Josh should be able to resume his conditioning and baseball activities within a few days after his release.

The Hamilton family thanks everyone for respecting their privacy at this time.

Wait. What the what?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you're supposed to be released from the hospital in 24 hours but the doctors change it to at least 72 hours that's not called "significant improvement." Wouldn't significant improvement result in getting released earlier than expected? Isn't what's happening the definition of a setback?

Again, I love Josh as a player. Respect the hell out of him as a person.

I just don't like being jerked around. Don't try to sell us "Great news! Josh is doing so well that he's staying in the hospital two days longer than originally planned!" because we're smarter than that.

And as fans we deserve better.

I just sense something fishy here. Blindly believe what you're told if you wish, but was I right about Ted Williams the golden-throated fraud or was I right? Sure enough, his story was too good to be true.


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