Outfielder Josh Hamilton is improving from left knee inflammation, at least enough to look good in batting practice and play catch.
But running is still too painful.
Unless there’s a drastic change in the next few days, Hamilton probably won’t be used as much more than a pinch hitter in San Diego.
“It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee,” he said. “I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step.”
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Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Hamilton, even if it’s in a limited capacity in the short term.
“If he’s physically able we would take Josh in any capacity we could because he’s still a game-changer for you,” Banister said. “But we’re not going to push this guy to the point where it’ s a detriment to who he is, what he is, and what his future is.”
Hamilton is eligible to come off the the disabled list on Monday.
Holland’s tunnel vision
Left-hander Derek Holland has moved on to the Orioles.
He starts the series finale against the Orioles on Sunday, his fourth start since returning from a left shoulder strain in early April. He allowed four runs (on three homers) in six innings against Toronto in his last start.
“When a mistake happens you’ve got to learn from it and go on,” he said. “I’ve learned from the mistake and now I’m moving forward. I’m throwing strikes, that’s the main focus. So I just have to go out there and continue to throw strikes and let the defense keep doing the work for me.”
Odor out again
Rougned Odor missed his fourth consecutive game Saturday with an injured right middle finger.
The second baseman said he hopes to return to the lineup in the next day or two. But he’s been saying that since his fingernail was nearly completely ripped off throwing a ball in Tuesday’s game.
“We want him back on the field,” Banister said. “But there’s still swelling and pain there. He’s not a nine-inning player right now.”
Catcher Robinson Chirinos caught a nine-inning simulated game with a pitching machine Friday.
He’s been on the DL with a left shoulder strain since Aug. 1. He’s shown some slight improvement, Banister said, but is unlikely to be activated Tuesday when teams can expand their rosters.
Carlos Corporan, who moved from Double A Frisco to Round Rock to catch Saturday’s game on his rehab assignment, is more likely to be ready on Tuesday.
He’d join Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson as the current catchers.
Banister said he’d prefer to use Chirinos only when he’s able to be the primary starting catcher. Chirinos’ shoulder felt fine after the simulated game, but he had some normal fatigue in his legs and hips.
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