ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton returned home Saturday, a day after he was hospitalized with an intestinal virus. He was not at Saturday's game against the Astros but is expected to work out at Rangers Ballpark before Sunday's series finale. Hamilton could return in time for Monday's series opener against the Padres in San Diego. "Tomorrow, he's coming to work. He's coming to punch the clock, but he won't be in the lineup," manager Ron Washington said. "He won't be at the ballpark today, but he'll come in early tomorrow and get some work done. Hopefully he'll be ready to go when we get to San Diego."
The Rangers beat the Astros, 6-2, Friday night without Hamilton in the lineup, reeling off five straight singles during a five-run fifth inning. In 32 career games against the Astros, Hamilton has batted .357 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. "We have a lot of talented guys in there," Michael Young said after Friday's victory. "Obviously, we want Josh in there as much as possible. But if anyone's out, we have more than enough depth to go out and have an opportunity to win games. Everyone in this lineup has seen stretches where they haven't played and the team has picked up the slack."