Rangers still wait-and-see on Hamilton

Rangers still wait-and-see on Hamilton

ARLINGTON -- There is still a wait-and-see attitude surrounding when or if Rangers All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton will play during this final seven-game homestand that started with Monday's 7-5 loss to Seattle.

He wasn't in the lineup Monday, and he hasn't even resumed batting practice yet. Hamilton did take 25 swings with a fungo bat off a tee. He reported some soreness in his rib-cage area. He also shagged fly balls and ran in the outfield and reported no discomfort.

"He felt a little bit, but it wasn't anything he couldn't deal with," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Hamilton taking some swings. "He's making progress, but to put a time limit on it, I don't really know."

Hamilton said Sunday in Oakland that he hopes to be able to play by Friday. He has been sidelined since Sept. 4 with two small fractures in his right rib cage. Spasms in a muscle near the injury had also been a problem.

There was more optimism after Monday's game, but Washington still said he will reserve judgment.

"When he jumps in there and starts taking batting practice and everything goes well," Washington said, "we'll know we have him back."