FRISCO, Texas -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will use the next five rehab games -- two in Double-A Frisco and three in Triple-A Round Rock -- to figure out his timing and get as comfortable as he can at the plate.
"It’s a little extra comfort to get the CT scan today and see that it’s healed up pretty good," Hamilton said prior to stretching and taking batting practice on Wednesday. "I’m ready to go. I’ve been chomping at the bit for a while the last couple of week and now I get to get a little game action and hopefully work on my timing and get it back pretty quick."
He'll be the designated hitter and said he plans on taking it easy on the bases too. But he was clearly excited to put on a uniform again and face live pitching in a game situation. Hamilton said that while it's been challenging to sit in the dugout and not be able to help his team on the field, he's found a way to deal with it and focus on the recovery.
"I hate to say it, but I’ve learned because I have been injured quite a few times that I can’t rush anything and that I can’t do anything about being hurt," Hamilton said. "But I can do something about having a good attitude and being supportive of my teammates, being in the dugout and bugging them and keeping their morale up. That’s exactly what I’ve done."
Hamilton, like any Major Leaguer on a rehab assignment, has planned to buy the team dinner after Thursday's game. He's going with barbecue. Nelson Cruz, also here to rehab a strained right quad muscle, is handling tonight's Italian spread (Maggiano's).
Hamilton will be the DH during his entire rehab assignment and will also be the DH when he returns to the Rangers, likely some time early next week.