Hamilton back after getting injection in knee

Hamilton back after getting injection in knee

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup on Friday, one day after receiving an injection in his left knee. It's the first time he has been injected in the knee since Spring Training.

Hamilton said the injection was just to put some lubrication in the knee. Hamilton was unavailable on Thursday while waiting for the injection to take effect.

"I've felt it for the last month," Hamilton said. "We play with a lot of stuff we don't let you know about. It's just soreness, that's all it is. A little lubrication and I'm ready to go. It feels a lot better today. It feels 90 percent better."

Hamilton went into Friday's game hitting .258 with seven home runs in his last 16 games. He has 14 RBIs and a .621 slugging percentage during that span, but also 22 strikeouts.

"I feel good at times," Hamilton said. "The biggest thing is not to try and do too much ... not get outside of myself. When I get outside myself, I start chasing pitches out of the strike zone. When I stop doing that, things start clicking.

"I have Adrian [Beltre] hitting behind me, and then Nelson Cruz and [David Murphy] down the line," Hamilton said. "My job here on out is get on base and score as many runs as I can. If there are guys out there, get them in or move them over. Get them in any way we can. We've got guys behind me who can do that, too."