Josh Hamilton’s first day at Texas Rangers extended spring training is finished, but the outfielder had already had a busy day Tuesday.
He said that he woke up at 3:30 a.m. Central to fly to Arizona and begin working toward making his 2015 debut in mid-to-late May. Hamilton arrived at the Surprise Recreation Campus shortly after 9 a.m. and was throwing and doing conditioning work before 10.
He later went to the batting cages and hit off a tee and talked about his swing with Rangers roving outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy. After meeting with the media, Hamilton went to the weight room.
“I’ve been doing baseball activities for a long time now,” he said. “It was good to get out there and just see other guys in uniform and be on the field and be in the cage. It just brings back good memories of being here.”
Hamilton, who was acquired Monday from the Los Angeles Angels, is expected to spend 10 days in Arizona before joining Triple A Round Rock. He expects that the first two days will be light, but workouts will ratchet up quickly.
He has been hitting since March after having right shoulder surgery Feb. 3. He said that he weighs 240 pounds, lighter than a week ago after catching a stomach bug.
Hamilton also felt right at home Tuesday.
“It definitely feels like I’m back home,” he said. “The comfort level is there. Today’s the day of the beginning of something good. I’m excited about it.”
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