Hamilton eyes Monday return to Texas lineup

Hamilton eyes Monday return to Texas lineup

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton was back with the Rangers on Sunday but still not in the lineup while recovering from an intestinal virus. Hamilton is hoping to return to the lineup on Monday, when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Padres in San Diego.

"I'm good," Hamilton said before Sunday's game with the Astros. "I'm not going to do any baseball stuff today -- one more day of rest and play tomorrow in San Diego. It's cooler, less taxing on the body. The last thing I want to do is wear myself out and have a setback."

Hamilton had to come out of Thursday's game against the D-backs in the late innings with a stomach ache and then had to be hospitalized on Friday because of the virus.

"He looks better," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We'll see tomorrow. I'll check with him and see how he is tomorrow. If he says he's ready to play, I'll put him in there. If he says he'll need more time, he'll get more time."

The Rangers' starting outfield on Sunday had Nelson Cruz in left, Craig Gentry in center and Brandon Snyder in right. Cruz normally plays right, but Snyder is just learning to play the outfield and told Washington he feels more comfortable playing right field.

"Cruz has no problems in left," Washington said.