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Rains push Hamilton's return back a day

Rains push Hamilton's return back a day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton was itching to get on the baseball field Sunday.

The rain kept that from happening. The Rangers' Cactus League game with the Indians in Goodyear, Ariz., was washed out on Sunday by rain. So too was a scheduled "B" game against the Royals in Surprise.

Hamilton, who has been sidelined since Feb. 24 with a bruised left shoulder, was planning on being the Rangers' designated hitter in the "B" game and get at least six at-bats. He'll try again on Monday.

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"Everything happens for a reason," Hamilton said. "Maybe the Lord thought I could use another day. I was so excited though last night thinking about getting six at-bats."

The Rangers have re-scheduled the "B" game with the Royals for Monday at 11 a.m. CT on Nolan Ryan Field. The Cactus League game is at 2 p.m. against the Angels at Surprise Stadium, and Vladimir Guerrero is expected to be the Rangers' DH against his former teammates.

Hamilton will play Monday, but the Rangers aren't sure if it will be against the Angels in the Cactus League game or on the backfield against the Royals. Hamilton's preference is to be in the "B" game where he can bat in every inning if the Rangers so choose. "B" games are basically pickup games with umpires but are controlled by the two teams involved.

"I think it would be good to see as many pitches as I can," Hamilton said.

He could also be used at designated hitter in the "B" game. If he plays in the Cactus League Game, it will be as an outfielder.

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Colby Lewis and Derek Holland are still scheduled to pitch in the Cactus League game against the Angels. Kasey Kiker, Pedro Strop, Clay Rapada and Ben Snyder are also on the schedule to pitch in the game.

Brandon McCarthy and Luis Mendoza, who were scheduled to pitch against the Indians on Sunday, will likely pitch against the Royals in the Monday morning "B" game. Darren O'Day and Guillermo Moscoso will also likely pitch in that game.

"However many innings we need we'll play," manager Ron Washington said.

Outfielder Julio Borbon, who was dealing with a strained right forearm and was unavailable on Saturday, is expected to be back in the lineup on Monday. He was scheduled to play against the Indians on Sunday before the rains came.

First baseman Justin Smoak was not playing Sunday in either game. He is day-to-day with a strained left hip flexor.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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