Francisco activated, Hamilton swinging
The Rangers have activated pitcher Frank Francisco off the disabled list and optioned reliever Guillermo Moscoso to Triple A Oklahoma. Francisco has been sidelined since June 4 with a strained right shoulder but is available for Saturday’s game with the Giants.
“He’ll give us a huge boost,” manager Ron Washington said. “Like I said, I’m not going to use him right away in the closer’s spot but as long as he can come in and get hitters out. he’ll be a huge boost for us.
Francisco is 1-1 with a 0.46 ERA in 19 games and 19 2/3 innings.That’s the lowest ERA in the Major Leagues for a pitcher with more than 15 innings.
Hamilton swinging: Josh Hamilton, on the disabled list with a partial tear in his abdominal muscle, has started swinging the bat, his cuts off soft and underhand pitches in the batting cage.
“Twenty swings yesterday, thirty swings today,” Hamilton said. “I threw from 90 feet, I walked a half-mile and I ran a half-mile. I’ve also started my body work. It’s all good.”
The hope is Hamilton will be back after the All-Star break. The Rangers open the second half on July 17 against the Twins.
“Obviously I want to get back as soon as possible but I want to listen to the trainers and the doctors,” Hamilton said. “But I’m on a good pace right now.”