Hamilton to be cautious in return to Rangers
Slugger has missed 3 games with intestinal virus
It is unseasonably cool in San Diego for the Rangers' final road interleague series of the year.
That may be just the cure OF Josh Hamilton needs.
The Rangers are hopeful Hamilton will be back in the lineup Monday after missing three games with an intestinal virus. Hamilton was hospitalized briefly on Friday for dehydration. One of his daughters was also hospitalized over the weekend due to a bug that ran through the family.
He was with the club on Sunday, but did not take part in any baseball activities and hasn't done so since leaving Thursday's game in the eighth inning with stomach discomfort. Hamilton said he was still a little sore, had not regained all of his strength and was fearful that working out in the 90-degree weather in Arlington would only compromise whatever recovery he has made.
"The last thing I want to do is wear myself out and have a full setback and have to drag this out longer than it needs to be," Hamilton said.
Manager Ron Washington said Hamilton looked better Sunday, but said he would yield to Hamilton's desires on returning to the lineup.
"If he says he's ready to go, I'll put him in there," Washington said. "If he says he needs more time, he'll get more time."
The Rangers used a combination of just-called-up OF Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center for the three-game sweep of Houston.