Josh Hamilton was not activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, and when he is reinstated, as soon as Tuesday, he won’t be playing at 100 percent.
Rather than being in the Texas Rangers’ lineup for the opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards, the outfielder was put through a workout that focused on shortening his running stride to alleviate the pain he still feels in his strained left hamstring.
Hamilton said that despite the residual discomfort he is able to play center field, which has become an offensive wasteland with Leonys Martin struggling and Delino DeShields also on the DL.
Hamilton said that he will attempt to manage the hamstring, in the same vain as Adrian Beltre, until the All-Star break, rest more, and be 100 percent for the second half of the season.
The Rangers have two off days next week to help nurse Hamilton along.
“I was looking at coming in today and playing today,” he said. “They wanted to give me a recovery day after traveling. I’m on board with that.
“Right now it’s comfortable to a certain extent. The biggest thing for me is going into the All-Star break playing a few games under control, whether it be 80 percent or 85 percent and just managing it and being smart. That’s really how I’m thinking about doing it right now.”
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