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Hamilton takes BP for first time since injury

Hamilton takes BP for first time since injury

Hamilton takes BP for first time since injury
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton continued his steady climb back to the Rangers on Friday, taking live batting practice for the first time since injuring his right shoulder on April 13 in Detroit.

Hamilton took 40-50 swings of BP and had no problems in the area of the non-displaced fracture of the right humerus bone. The reigning American League MVP put on his usual power display, driving the ball out of the ballpark to both fields.

He'll take batting practice for several more days before getting a CT scan next Wednesday or Thursday. Then he'll await the word from Dr. Keith Meister on what will happen next.

Hamilton said he will go on the road with the club -- the Rangers have a seven-day trip to Chicago, Kansas City and Philadelphia that starts Monday. The best possibility is for Hamilton to go on a rehab assignment while the Rangers play a three-game weekend series against the Phillies.

Hamilton's biggest concern coming into the BP session was that he hadn't seen a live arm in a while, yet he was happy with his timing.

"I wasn't going to get balls, but was letting them come to me," Hamilton said. "I had good balance, and overall, it went very, very well."

Hamilton said he still has some soreness from working out the shoulder, not from the actual baseball activities.

"I'm sore when I wake up in the morning," Hamilton said. "When I come to the park and warm up and get loose and take some swings, it loosens up and I don't have a problem. It's real encouraging."

Hamilton wouldn't forecast his return to the lineup.

"I don't set the timetable," Hamilton said. "They do."

Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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