Hamilton hopeful of speedy recovery

Hamilton hopeful of speedy recovery

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton made his return to Rangers Ballpark and hinted he may return to Texas' lineup sooner than expected.

Hamilton also said he wants to play in the All-Star Game if he's voted in by the fans. He is currently second in the voting among American League outfielders. The game will be played on July 14 in St. Louis.

"My expectations have always been bigger than everyone else's," Hamilton said after the Rangers' 1-0 victory against the Blue Jays on Thursday. "Right now, they're saying four-to-six weeks. I'll let you guys think it's four-to-six weeks."

Hamilton has started walking on a treadmill and expects to resume baseball activities in 10 days.

The 28-year-old outfielder underwent surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a partial tear of his abdominal muscle. The surgery came one day after Hamilton visited Dr. William Meyers for a second opinion.

"It feels as good as it can," Hamilton said. "I know what to do to get better. I have a program set up and it's good to have a plan of action.

"It's good to know it has been corrected. It's more stable, and I can go forward."

He was hitting .240 with six home runs and 24 RBIs when he was placed on the disabled list on June 2. Hamilton was also out from April 27 until May 11 with a strained intercostal muscle in his left rib cage.

Since Hamilton went on the disabled list June 2, the Rangers are 4-5 and have averaged 3.22 runs per game. They were 9-4 the first time Hamilton went on the disabled list this season.

Daniel Paulling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.