Feeling better, Hamilton gets in some early BP

Feeling better, Hamilton gets in some early BP

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton was out on the field Friday for early batting practice. That's a sign that his upper respiratory infection is subsiding.

"He looked good compared to when we were home," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's got his color back. He was as white as a ghost."

Hamilton has been bothered by the infection for almost two weeks, although he missed only one game on the homestand.

"I'm feeling better ... everything is close to being normal again," Hamilton said. "I just have some congestion. Other than that, I feel good."

Hamilton was still 6-for-21 with three home runs and eight RBIs during the five games he did play on the homestand.

"You've got to battle," Hamilton said. "What's that old saying ... you don't know until you go out and try. Good things can happen when you don't feel like playing and bad things can happen when you feel great."

Hamilton hit .344 in May, fifth best in the league. But he led the league with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .781 slugging percentage. He is the third player in Rangers history to have at least 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in a month. Juan Gonzalez had 15 home runs and 38 RBIs in July 1996 and Rafael Palmeiro had 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in August 1999.