Rangers’ Hamilton to take BP on Friday


The slumping Texas Rangers received some welcoming news on Monday involving their slugging outfielder, Josh Hamilton, who has been out of action since April 12 with a nagging arm injury. Hamilton, who got hurt on a headfirst slide into third base, is scheduled to partake in batting practice on Friday before the Rangers play the Los Angeles Angels. Texas, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games and 2.5 games out in the American League West division, are also close to getting back injured starting pitchers, Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman, who have been making steady progress in their rehab. In regards to Hamilton, who suffered what was diagnosed as a broken bone in his right upper arm, he started swinging a fungo bat just last week and on Sunday graduated to swinging with his game bat. He has also been running the bases, fielding and making long throws, without reporting any pain. Meanwhile Hunter who went 13-4 last season, threw 79 pitches in a recent Triple A game for Round Rock and surrendered only one unearned run in six innings. He left the game after feeling some mild pain in the groin area. Hunter, who hasn’t pitched this year, due to a groin strain, is according to the Rangers, scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday. Feldman, who was 7-11 last season, recently pitched 4.1 innings in an extended spring training game in Arizona. He is scheduled to undergo a rehab assignment this coming weekend at Triple A.


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