Hamilton begins baseball activities
Josh Hamilton played catch on Tuesday for the first time since having surgery last week to repair a partial tear in his abdominal muscle. It’s the first time he has done any baseball activities.
“It was about 70 feet and it felt good,” Hamilton said. “They want me to take it slow with my throwing but it’s not like I lost a lot in my arm.”
Hamilton is expected to be out until the All-Star break although he’s hoping to be back sooner than that. He is still holding out hope of playing in the All-Star game and he is still second among American League outfielders in the latest update of the fans voting.
“Obviously I’m not worried about that,” Hamilton said. “My goal is to get back as soon as possible without any setbacks. If I can do that before the All-Star break, that’s my goal.”
Francisco throws: Frank Francisco, on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, threw in the bullpen on Tuesday without any problems.
Asked how his shoulder felt, Francisco said, “Money.”
The next step is a rehabilitation assignment beginning Thursday, most likely at Double A Frisco.
Draft picks sign: The Rangers have signed nine more draft picks including outfielder Braxton Lane (seventh round), pitcher Braden Tullis (eighth round), pitcher Justin Jamison (13th round) and pitcher Keith Campbell (15th round). The Rangers have signed 14 of 51 draft picks.