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32 Josh Hamilton LF
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 5/21/1981 | Birthplace: Raleigh, NC | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $17,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/55 | Average Draft Position: 243.38
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Josh Hamilton hits two home runs for Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton hit two home runs in Friday's win over Boston. Hamilton homered for the first time since last August 24 and his first two-homer day since July 10, 2013. 

Hamilton went 2 for 3, walked and scored three times. He also recorded his second and third RBI of the year. 

"I said in my press conference before my first game here I can be the player I once was," Hamilton said. "I really feel that way so it's good to do things in front of the home crowd that I have done before."


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton gets first hit of 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton recorded his first hit of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. It was a simple single for the veteran, but after a rough offseason, manager Jeff Banister says Hamilton is feeling good.

"The smile on his face, the energy he shows up at the ballpark with, and the in game has been special," Banister told MLB Network Radio.

"Right now his body feels better when he just keeps going out there, so we stay in direct contact with how he is feeling."

Hamilton will make his much-anticipated home return to Arlington on Thursday when the Rangers host the Red Sox. 


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton goes hitless in season debut


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) In his 2015 season debut, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 0 for 3 and drew a walk in his team's 10-8 victory over the Indians. He scored a run when Elvis Andrus hit a two-run double in the third inning. 

Hamilton has been sidelined due to a shoulder injury thus far through the season. 

Though he didn't record a hit, it marked the return of Hamilton to the team he enjoyed the best years of his career with. 


Rangers' Josh Hamilton batting fifth in season debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton is batting fifth in his season debut against the Indians on Monday. The team activated him from the disabled list prior to the game and placed pitcher Neftali Feliz on the disabled list.

Hamilton, who has been on the disabled list while recovering from a shoulder injury, is making his return to a team where he won an MVP award in 2010 and made five All-Star appearances in his five seasons with the Rangers. He hit .255/.316/.426 in his two seasons with the Angels.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton to play left field when activated


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to play left field on Monday when he is activated, manager Jeff Banister said on Sunday per the Dallas Morning News.

"We're going to open our arms and give him a great big hug and welcome him," Banister said of Hamilton. "And then we're going to treat him like he's one of 25, just like we do with everybody else."

Hamilton is expected to bat in the middle of the order, most likely fifth behind Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. 

"We want him to come in and be one of the guys, enjoy the game," Beltre said. "We know what we can do. We don't expect him to come in and carry the offense. That's not going to be his job. With the guys we have, he doesn't have to do that."


Rangers to activate Josh Hamilton on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) The Rangers will reportedly activate outfielder Josh Hamilton on Monday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hamilton, who has spent the beginning of the year on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, will fly to Cleveland on Sunday to meet the team before their series against the Indians.

"Josh is physically and game-ready to get started," general manager Jon Daniels said to the Dallas Morning News. "The team is playing well, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to the club."

Hamilton is hitting .250 with three doubles and two home runs in 28 at-bats for Triple-A Round Rock as a part of his rehab assignment. 

"I'm excited about it," Hamilton said. "It's good to work hard and get back and get healthy and get mentally focused and get back to where I want to be."


Report: Rangers considered bringing up Josh Hamilton on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Rangers considered promoting Josh Hamilton from the minors after placing Kyle Blanks on the disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But they wanted Hamilton to reach 45-50 at-bats before bringing him up. He has just 39 at this point.

The plan to restart his Texas career early next week in Cleveland still appears viable. He's on a seven-game hitting streak at Triple-A Round Rock.


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton goes 1 for 4 in Triple-A rehab game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 in a rehab assignment game with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. 

Hamilton's lone hit of the game was a double. 

It's possible that Hamilton could return to the majors next week. He hasn't been able to play in the majors yet since he's been recovering from shoulder surgery. 

When Hamilton was with Double-A Frisco, he slashed a .387/.424/.516 with four doubles and three RBI. 


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton: 'I'm trying to grow up a bit'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Josh Hamilton has been tearing it up at Double-A Frisco with nine hits in his last 16 at-bats as his return to the Rangers could be less than a week away. But he understands that it's not all about baseball for him. He seeks to be a smarter player and a more patient person.

"I'm trying to grow up a bit," he told the Dallas Morning News.

Hamilton was referring to not rushing himself back to the majors. The recovering drug addict was traded back to Texas from the Angels after admitting he had relapsed.

The slugger hit his first home run in 10 rehab games Wednesday. He admitted that it took a different approach at the plate.

"The at-bat before, the first two I swung at off-speed, I was trying to kill them, trying to hit a home run, then I got a heater and grounded out to first," he explained. "The next at-bats I was like, 'You know what, I'm going to take a nice easy swing if it's a pitch in the zone.'"

Hamilton is headed to Triple-A Round Rock to continue his rehab. He could return to the Rangers as early as May 25 in Cleveland, but he's not about to force the issue.

"(We're) talking together," he said. "Them obviously asking how I feel and me being honest with them and telling them how it is, with them at the same time understanding that they don't need to rush me back for anything.”


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton to continue rehab at Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is getting closer to making his season debut. Hamilton, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, where he will play through Saturday and then get re-evaluated, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hamilton is expected to join the team on Monday when they open up a three-game set in Cleveland. So far, Hamilton is slashing .387/.424/.516 with four doubles and three RBI over 31 at-bats during his rehab stint. Rangers manager Jeff Banister says he's been getting positive news on Hamilton's comeback.

"The reports are that he's playing very well in the outfield," Banister said on MLB Network Radio. "We've had him play center field and left field. The legs are feeling good".

He hasn't played a Major League game since September 16.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton likely to see time in Triple-A before MLB call up


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Outfielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated Wednesday after his Double-A rehab game and could join the Rangers in New York this weekend, but more likely will be called up May 25 in Cleveland, in which case he'll report to Triple-A for more rehab games, according to FoxSports.com. 

"I still need to get some innings to get my legs under me," Hamilton said. "I'm pretty sore. I had a day off yesterday and days off suck because you're even more sore the next day." 

Hamilton went 3 for 3 on Tuesday in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco, raising his average to .667 in his four games for the RoughRiders.


Rangers looking at May 25 for Josh Hamilton's return


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The target date for Josh Hamilton to return to the Rangers is May 25, GM Jon Daniels told the media, per MLB.com.

"If I had to say right now, I'd say it'll be Cleveland [May 25] more than likely, but we haven't made that call yet," he said. 

Hamilton is currently on a rehab assignment at Double-A. The Rangers play at Boston and New York in the week leading up to May 25, but Daniels said that location wasn't a concern when picking a target date. 

"There's going to be media wherever Josh goes, whether it's New York, Cleveland, Texas, wherever," Daniels said. "Certain guys bring that with them. Obviously New York would be more -- that's just the nature of the market -- but that's not going to be a factor in our decision."


Rangers' Josh Hamilton goes 4 for 5 in Double-A rehab outing


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 4 for 5 with an RBI in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Frisco. Hamilton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, is scheduled to play again on Sunday, get an off-day Monday and play again Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Hamilton is trying make sure he can hit the same against lefty and righty pitchers, according to MLB.com.

"Don't go up there trying to feel for it and thinking about timing or thinking about mechanics or anything like that," Hamilton said. "Just go play. I did that and I felt like myself last night. Hopefully I can do that again.

"It's crazy to put a number on at-bats. It really is. It's all a feel thing, but if I have three or four games like I did last night, I could really be ready."


Josh Hamilton: I wasn't allowed to speak to Angels owner Arte Moreno


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Former Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a hard time by Los Angeles management on his way out of town. The veteran, who was traded to the Rangers in April, said he was denied the opportunity to speak with owner Arte Moreno on multiple occasions, according to ESPN.com.

"Even when I was there and playing in 2013 and wasn't being the guy I was supposed to be -- in 2014 the same thing -- I reached out to Arte," Hamilton said Saturday before his game with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.

"I wanted to talk to him and tell him I'm working my butt off and I want to be the guy he's played against you all these years, but I was always turned down by the general manager and the team president. They said they would let him know."

General manager Jerry DiPoto said just after the team traded Hamilton there was an issue from the get go.

"From the moment he got here, there has been turbulence," Dipoto said. "If I could put my finger on why there was such a struggle, we could have corrected it."

Hamilton said he went to DiPoto in hopes of reaching Moreno, but was turned down.

"Same thing after this incident and after surgery," Hamilton said. "I talked to [Angels GM] Jerry DiPoto. 'You know Jerry, I'd love to talk to Arte and reassure him that things are OK,' and he turned me down again.

"I did what I needed to do to be a responsible man and employee and reach out to him, and I was always denied that opportunity, so my hands are clean."


Angels looking for deals to help struggling offense


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Even though the Angels dealt away slugging outfielder Josh Hamilton, the team is apparently on the lookout for offensive help. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman hears the team is interested in Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, though, as Heyman notes, Revere wouldn't necessarily fill the offensive gap left by Hamilton. 

The Angels are currently tied with the White Sox for the fewest runs scored per game (3.8) in the American League, entering play on Friday. They also have the third-fewest home runs in the league, so their need for offense is quite apparent. 


Rangers' Josh Hamilton could be back at some point next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Josh Hamilton will move his rehab assignment to Double-A Frisco starting on Saturday, according to the Dallas Morning News. He'll play four times between Saturday and Wednesday.

The Rangers are expected to evaluate Hamilton following Wednesday's rehab game for Frisco, before determining if he is ready to be reinstated from the disabled list. The Rangers end a three-game series at Boston on Thursday before opening a three-game weekend set in New York against the Yankees.

Hamilton has been sidelined all season due to a shoulder injury. He was traded to the Rangers from the Angels following a relapse in his battle with drug addiction during the offseason. In two seasons in Los Angeles, Hamilton hit .255 with 31 home runs and 123 RBI in 240 games.


Rangers manager Jeff Banister: Josh Hamilton's swing is close


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister told reporters that embattled slugger Josh Hamilton is close to making his season debut, according to MLB Network Radio.

Hamilton, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, ripped a two-run single with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. He could be in the starting lineup as early as May 19 against Boston at Fenway Park.

"Josh will let us know how his body feels. The lower half needs to be in shape and ready to go," Banister said.

"He looks great, he's playing hard, the swing is close, he's feeling good and this guy is in a good place."


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton hopeful of returning to majors soon


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Though the tentative plan for Josh Hamilton to join the Rangers' lineup is May 19, he could try to return to the majors by the end of the week, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hamilton, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, went 1 for 2 with a two-run single with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Hamilton was pleased with his performance. 

"If they [at-bats] go like they did tonight, maybe the end of this week," Hamilton said, when asked about his return.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton not expected to return this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to remain on rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock at least through the weekend, MLB.com reports.

Hamilton is 1 for 7 during the rehab assignment as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. With the outfielder not expected back this week, it's likely he joins the team during its upcoming road trip, which starts next Tuesday.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton hitless in rehab assignment on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a strikeout for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday as a part of his rehab assignment.

Hamilton is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury and is 1 for 7 during his rehab assignment with Round Rock.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton begins rehab stint with two strikeouts


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton went 1 for 3 in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.

Hamilton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, singled once off of veteran Barry Zito, but also added two strikeouts to his totals.

"Obviously, I would have liked facing a guy who threw 89 [mph] or up, but at the same time, you're going to see guys like him a some point," Hamilton said to MLB.com. "A guy like him who spots his [pitches] and who has got different velocity curveballs, and him being a lefty is probably the best thing for me."

It is unclear how long Hamilton is expected to be on assignment with Round Rock.


Rangers OF Josh Hamilton to begin rehab assignment Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, the team announced Friday.

Hamilton, who has been sidelined all season after undergoing surgery in February, went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer in an extended spring game Friday.

The Rangers gave no indication how long Hamilton will be on a rehab assignment.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton expected to start rehab assignment next week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to play his second extended spring training game Wednesday after getting a day off Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hamilton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock next week.


Josh Hamilton gets a breather before returning to extended spring action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton received a scheduled day of rest on Tuesday, after seeing his first game action of the year in extended spring training on Monday, per MLB.com. Hamilton, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery, is expected to see four at-bats in another extended  spring contest on Wednesday.

Rangers' Josh Hamilton goes 0 for 4 in first extended spring game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had his first game action of the year in extended spring training on Monday. 

Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and three hard-hit grounders to first, according to a report by MLB.com.

Hamilton is returning from shoulder surgery. 

"It's been seven months since I've had some game action, but I felt good, and the body felt good," Hamilton said. "The legs feel good, and for the most part, I swung at strikes. I think I only swung at one pitch out of the zone today. Other than that, I was amped up, and that comes with getting at-bats and getting in game situations."