Hamilton feeling much better

Hamilton feeling much better

ARLINGTON -- For the first time in several days, Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton can say that he's feeling better.

Head congestion and an upper respiratory condition has hampered Hamilton since the Rangers returned from Seattle last week. He missed Monday's series opener against the Mariners but returned Tuesday night, homering in the sixth inning driving in all the runs the Rangers scored in a 10-3 loss.

"I guess all the medications they've been giving me are finally starting to work," Hamilton said. "I feel a lot better today. I'm starting to get a little un-cloudy. It's a good thing.

After going a season-high 11 games without a home run, Hamilton has homered in three of the past four games in which he's played, including a two-run walk off home run in the 13th inning of Saturday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays. Hamilton was visibly fatigued after that game but has nearly made a full recovery. He says he has benefited in some ways from being under the weather.

"When you run to a spot and see stars when you get there, you don't need to be running around," Hamilton said. "You don't want to feel sick. At the same time, you're not trying to do too much. You're focusing more on the task at hand, whatever it may be. It has its good and bad, advantages and disadvantages.

"I'm not 100 percent yet, so hopefully it'll stick around for a few days," Hamilton said. "[Being sick] lets me know I need to get out of my own way more often and not try to do too much and just focus on the task at hand.