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.


Padilla was injured while taking batting practice — for a team that uses a DESIGNATED HITTER? Sounds kinda fishy to me …

he was in batting practice because in a national league park, the pitcher must bat. Padilla would have been batting in this series

Hey genius? He was taking batting practice because the Rangers are playing the Astros in Houston this weekend. National league rules.

lol ummmm dbamberger did u not know when u play a national league team the pitcher must bat lol nothin fishy other then u dont know ur baseball ;)

Good luck to Holland tonight. I hope he mixes his other pitches in more than in relief, especially the second time through that tough Astros line-up. It’s good to have Hamilton and Frank back.

yes i have a feelin holland is gonna sit down these stro’s hitters

Will C. Davis or Blalock sit tonight with no DH?

Wow padilla taking bp at a nl park. Your right, it`s fishy. Wow, I say lets give him a 50 game suspension. lol
Has the world gone mad??

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