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Josh Hamilton to start hitting off a tee Wednesday

May 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton, who has been shelved for three weeks with a broken humerus sustained sliding into home plate, will begin swinging off a tee Wednesday, the Rangers revealed today.

Hamilton has been playing catch and shagging flyballs in his rehab and is considered about a week ahead of schedule. The Rangers originally said he’d be out 6-8 weeks with the injury. If he can avoid any setbacks, a return during the May 23-29 homestand against the White Sox and Royals seems possible.

With Hamilton sidelined, the Rangers have alternated Julio Borbon and David Murphy in center field, with Mitch Moreland shifting back and forth between first base and the right field. Borbon could be at risk of being sent back to the minors when Hamilton returns, though he has some time left to secure his spot.

  1. Utley's Hair - May 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Good for him and the Walkers.

    However, as of tomorrow, he’ll be no more advanced than my kid.

    • cur68 - May 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Ahh but does your son have better tattoos that Josh? Josh is WAY more advanced in the skin & ink stat I bet.

      • Utley's Hair - May 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

        Josh is, indeed, more advanced in the skin art field than my son. He also has a bit more emotional baggage to schlep than my boy. Coincidence? Almost certainly, but I’ll say no anyway.

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