Josh Hamilton faced live batting practice Saturday in Surprise, Ariz., for the first time. He faced Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, who is in Surprise rehabbing from surgery, and right-hander Kohsuke Tomita. Hamilton is scheduled to play in his first extended spring game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Surprise. He also shagged balls in the outfield. Harrison reported that Hamilton “looked good.”
Hamilton is likely to be assigned to Triple A Round Rock later this week, perhaps playing with the Express in Nashville for a four-game series on May 8-11. Round Rock is back home May 12-15 for a four-game series against Omaha.
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