ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton did more than just talk about his need to be more selective at the plate and the fact that Vladimir Guerrero will now hit behind him on Monday (see the video above). Hamilton also said he's started swinging and feels good.
"I've been really pleased with how the swing has looked already," Hamilton said. "I've been working on it this week and I'm really hitting the ball."
Hamilton worked with hitting coach Clint Hurdle last week and the two discussed Hamilton's struggles at laying off breaking pitches and not being selective enough. Hamilton said it won't matter how good Guerrero is behind him if Hamilton doesn't get better at staying away from pitches that are well out of the strike zone.
"Pitchers are going to keep throwing that stuff until I don't swing at it," Hamilton said. "It's up to me."
Hamilton said he's looking forward to a season without any major changes. This time last year, he was revamping his swing. He started the season poorly, never found a rhythm at the plate and battled injuries. Then he was changing back to his old swing. Hamilton said his swing is back to where it was in 2008.
Hamilton, along with Ian Kinsler, are probably the two biggest offensive keys to this team this season. The Rangers need both players to return to form. If they do, this lineup becomes very formidable. To do that, the Rangers need the 2008 Hamilton.