Hamilton has missed the last four weeks with a strained left hamstring. Texas, which starts a four-game series on Monday against the Orioles in Baltimore, has gone 12–13 in the 25 games Hamilton has missed while on the disabled list.
The outfielder told reporters he is “good to go” and said the Rangers told him to sit out on Monday in order to rest after traveling to re-join the team.
Hamilton started the season on the DL while rehabbing a shoulder injury and was activated on May 25. In the seven games he played before he injured his hamstring, Hamilton hit .273 with two home runs and five RBIs.
The 34-year-old went hitless in his two at-bats on Sunday with Triple A Round Rock.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said there is a chance that when Hamilton returns to the lineup, he could see time at centerfield. Hamilton played only 13 games at the position in his two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, but started 305 times in center during his five seasons with the Rangers.
“Josh has played out there before,” Banister said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “If he can do it, it’s a plus for us. I’ve talked on several occasions about having multiple players being able to play multiple positions. He’s excited about going there and running around. Who wouldn’t want to do it? It’s a fun place to play.”
The Rangers (38–38) have lost eight of their last 10 games and sit in third place in the American League West, five games behind the Houston Astros.
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