Hamilton in the lineup; Francisco back
Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers lineup. Hamilton worked out Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park before the Rangers game against the Astros and told manager Ron Washington that he was “95 percent.”
That was good enough for Washington.
“I need his presence in the lineup,” Washington said. “I’m writing the lineup with him in it.”
Hamilton missed three games because of a strained groin muscle. He injured it making his great seventh-inning catch on Sunday against the Angels. He did not play during the three-game series against the Tigers in Detroit.
The Rangers lost all three.
The Rangers are also activating pitcher Frank Francisco off the disabled list. He replaces Vicente Padilla, who is sidelined with a strained right shoulder that he injured taking batting practice earlier in the week.