Hamilton released from hospital, should start Monday in San Diego

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ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton is expected to return to the Texas Rangers' lineup Monday in San Diego.

Hamilton was released from an area hospital Saturday morning after spending the night there with an intestinal virus. Hamilton received intravenous fluids during his brief stay and remained at home Saturday.

Hamilton will work out today at Rangers Ballpark and is scheduled to make the trip to San Diego.

"Hopefully he'll be ready to go when we get to San Diego," manager Ron Washington said.

Hamilton contracted the virus from his family, and the Rangers said it isn't related to the recent ailments of Derek Holland, Mike Napoli, Yu Darvish or Nelson Cruz.

Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, is batting .330 with 22 home runs and a league-leading 62 RBIs. He has struggled his last 11 games, batting .209 (9 for 43) with one home run and five RBIs.

The Rangers recalled outfielder Leonys Martin from Triple A Round Rock once Hamilton was hospitalized. Martin came up after batting .344 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 31 games with the Express and went 0 for 3 with a walk Friday .

Martin said there are no issues with his left thumb. He had surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament May 2 and was sidelined for more than a month.

"It was a long time to be out, but right now I feel good and my body is good," Martin said. "I'm just going to play when they need me and do my best."

Roster moves

The Rangers needed a spot on their 25-man roster for Saturday's starter, Justin Grimm, and reliever Yoshinori Tateyama was the odd man out and optioned to Triple A Round Rock.

Tateyama went 1-0 with an 11.88 ERA over seven relief outings after being recalled on May 21, and manager Ron Washington called it a "procedural" move.

"He had options," Washington said. "Sometimes it's helpful and sometimes it's detrimental. In this case, we had some unforeseen things that happened, so Tatey ended up getting optioned."

The decision left the Rangers with a six-man bullpen, but the team felt comfortable with it after Yu Darvish's eight-inning start Friday. Washington didn't want to option a player off his bench, either, leaving a reliever as the most logical choice.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Grimm, the Rangers transferred right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Feliz, sidelined with right elbow inflammation, is scheduled to begin a throwing program Monday and is eligible to come off the DL on July 18.

Briefly

Craig Gentry got the start against Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell. Gentry doesn't get too many starts against righties but went into the game hitting .500 in his last six starts. "The more consistent at-bats you get, the better you're going to feel, and I feel like the consistency has helped me out a lot," said Gentry.

The Rangers' pitching staff took early batting practice to prepare for the team's upcoming trip to San Diego. Ron Washington said Colby Lewis is the best-hitting pitcher on the team, while Scott Feldman has the most power.

The Rangers have a plan on how their rotation will set up following an off-day on Thursday, but they aren't ready to make it public yet. The staff will remain in order for the Padres series.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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