Rangers' Hamilton leaves hospital after pneumonia scare

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, the American League's Most Valuable Player in 2010, left the hospital on Sunday after being treated for an early case of pneumonia, the team said.

Hamilton was admitted at the Medical Center of Arlington on Tuesday after being diagnosed the previous day.

In a statement, the Rangers said Hamilton had stayed in the hospital for an extended period in order to receive "complete rest and accelerate his full recovery."

The statement added: "Josh should be able to resume his conditioning and baseball activities within a few days in preparation for the 2011 season."

Hamilton hit .359 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs last season for the Rangers, who advanced to the World Series for the first time in the 50th year of the franchise.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)